Quoting landisaurus, reply 11seriously, why are we talking about this? I mean, why is the sexual preferences of anybody even being brought up. That's private business. If nobody brought it up, then there wouldn't be a sub-group. Everybody would have their sexual preferences and be happy (or not) about it without having to worry about what others thought.
In terms of the law, I'm a staunch supporter of bedroom privacy; government has no business telling any assemblage of consenting adults what they can or can't do sexually. But as a student of society and a gay man born in the mid-'60s, I'm pretty much pissed off to read you saying "If nobody brought it up, then there wouldn't be a sub-group."
People are, have always been, and probably always will be obssessed with having basic information about the sexual status (tastes, availability, *and* activities) of other people, especially folks in our families and other close circles. Those of us with little or no heterosexual interests have *always been* a "sub-group." The real question is whether we're supposed to consider ourselves a dirty little secret or just another crowd among crowds. I vote for the latter.
Try thinking of it in Bizzarro terms--if you lived in a world where most people were gay but you were a breeder, wouldn't it piss you off to have strangers assume you were just like them? And on the practical side, when you have such a reduced pool of potential life/playmates, you need to put your cards on the table if you want the surrounding majority to help fix you up with someone. Even the creepy eHarmony people seem to have acknolwedged this, albeit with some 'help' from silly litigation.
But it's true. The sub group is a creation of modern society. Period. It DID NOT exist in the thousands of years prior to our day and age.
I'm sorry, but if you think it did you are very sadly mistaken.
Sexual preference, now that's something else. That's always existed. Hell, look at ancient Greco-Roman stuffs if you want historical precedents. Basically ANY kind of organised military is going to have it.
But the "sub group"? No, that's an artificial creation. Homosexual Greeks would indulge their desires but still have a wife and kids and this was not only accepted but in many respects expected. No sub-group. That's something unique to our couple of generations and, in my opinion, will cease to exist in a few hundred years again. Sorry, but welcome to the reality of human existence. We are but animals.