New media platforms call for new habits. And, in the case of TikTok, a phenomenon among teenagers, a new behavior: that of “homiesexuals”. They are heterosexual young people from the United Kingdom, aged 17 and 18, who find themselves – in broderage – to audiences of millions of people.
Palpated, touches on the neck and neck and lips that almost touch are part of the videos posted with the hashtag #homiesexuals. The combination of homosexual with “homie”, an English expression for “partner”, explains Veja São Paulo.
“Usually, I make dancing videos or things like that, but it seems that things have changed now”, says Connor Robinson, a 17-year-old Brit with almost 1 million followers. “The girls are attracted to two handsome guys, TikTokers with a large following, showing a sexual climate together”, he said in an interview with The New York Times.
He said that about 90% of his followers are women. In one of the most famous boy’s videos, he and Elijah Elliot, another influencer on the platform, simulate almost clinging to a room.
Another one who decided to adopt the trend was 18-year-old Josh Richards. In one of the most famous videos of the sport, he drops his towel in front of two friends. They call themselves “boyfriends”, but according to The New York Times, they are all straight.
A sociologist at the University of Roehampton in London, Mark McCormack believes that many of TikTok’s influencers are not just having fun at the expense of LGBT+ identity. “They are doing a parody. For them, it is absurd that anyone could even be uncomfortable with the idea that they are all gay”, he told The New York Times.
Another exponent, 16-year-old Foster Van Lear, from Atlanta, United States, produces videos that show him kissing a friend on the cheek or making loving confessions.