A new barber started last week and he has been making homophobic comments. Im not sure if he means what he is saying or its just masculine bravado talking; but whenever one of the guys makes a mean but good natured insult toward him he gets embarrassed and makes a homophobic remark. He says these remarks are not directed at me, but "other gay people", Im not sure why he is picking on me, Im not the one busting his chops; the other guys arent being mean to him; its just normal ballbusting, just good old fashion male bonding. It seems like he is sensitive and cant take a joke, the ribbing really wounds his pride, but I wont become his punching bag. I dont want to complain or whine, that would just show him that Im the "whiney faggot" he thinks I am. I want to fire back some insults and beat him at his own game, is this wise? I often go back and forth with the other guys they tell some off-color gay jokes and I say some offensive Irish or Italian jokes, its good spirited fun. The new guy isnt joking he is serious. Thursday he said how gays shouldnt be in the military because it puts the other soldiers at higher risk for HIV, if the gay soldier is shot and they are treating his wounds. He also said that gay soldiers would, after months at the front line would get horny and rape their male comrades. He said "no offense" to me, but that doesnt make it okay. I told him he was incorrect, I think soldiers get regular physicals and blood tests, so a very low risk of HIV, not to mention that we all dont have HIV and I told him gay men dont fuck or rape whoever when we get urges, we arent rapists. Friday he said that gays and trans are mentally ill because they want to be women, I told him he was misinformed about gender dysphoria and he was confusing things and that I enjoyed being a man; he couldn't believe that I never wanted to have a sex change operation, he is under the assumption that gay and trans are the same. Thankfully a customer stepped up to defend me, citing facts about gender dysphoria vs homosexuality and talking about the brain chemistry behind it, that the brain and body are opposite genders.