In defense of the parlor gay | GMA News Online | I've always thought of parlor gays as the brave front-liners in the fight for LGBT rights. They are the very visible -- and often harassed and ridiculed -- gay men who came out even when it wasn't fashionable to do so. Even when it meant being ostracized. They bore the scars of a cruel society for the rest of us to enjoy the greater degree of freedom we now have. Thanks, Leloy Claudio.