I can't stand any of those hypocrites you mentioned.<quoted text>I think of him as a friend, so yes, he is. What's next a gay joke? Come on Frank lets have it. I also think of Norcal Native as a friend, Rose NO-HO, Big D and many others. I guess I have a few mates.
n ( FRIEND )
UK informal a friend
We've been mates since our school days.
I usually play football with some of my mates from the office on Saturdays.
She's my best mate.
UK informal used as a friendly way of talking to someone, especially a man
Have you got a light, mate?
(Definition of mate noun (FRIEND) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
I hope that helps
You have no sense of humor. It's OK to imply I am gay but not OK for me to crack a friendly joke if it mentions gays.