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I think you need to signal a very clear and effective "not interested" at the very next time you get approached. You can do this without any verbal response. It saves embarrassment and can be the most authentic way for both to save face.

So, at the next come on simply give an exaggerated startled and disdainful look by cocking your head back with a raised eyebrow and a smirk. Say nothing for a moment. Put the pressure on him to back down with a socially long and awkward moment of silence. This will make him feel very self conscience about the brashness of the underlying assumption. At a critical point in time, depending on his personality, he will either back down and try to laugh it off and abruptly change the subject or he will be aggressive and push for a response. In the first case you can still be acquaintances but they will often try to put you in a mentoring position on how to approach straight guys. Don't let it go there.

Those with the latter personality are the "in your face" type and you will not even want to be around them at all since they will take rejection as a challenge and an invitation to try harder. If you perceive he is the pushy type that will not take hints and wants a definite rejection then break the tension and awkwardness with a final last moment terse and preemptive "oh yea, right, sorry not interested - good day." These latter aggressive types will likely come back at you in a day or two and challenge you again with some kind of remark about being homophobic or being narrow minded or too unwilling to have an open mind. In that event just ignore him and don't give him the time of day since any communication will be taken as encouragement to build up a hopeless relationship that can go nowhere and can lead to an emotional confrontation.

Sometimes if you suspect that a homosexual is working up the courage to hit on you but are unsure you can preempt the whole thing by making a mild joke about homosexuals or fabricate a light hearted fib that you have a jealous and athletic girlfriend who likes to beat up other women and men that try to pick you up.

I was approached on 3 separate occasions and the preemptive response I used was:
1) "Sorry I prefer to keep my health - not interested"
2) A man maneuvered himself to blatantly expose his sexual organs in the adjacent urinal and made some comment like "my oh my" and I just smirked, shook my head in disgust, ignored him and smashed the flush handle down loudly to signal mounting anger and offense at the behavior.
3) "I take your interest as a compliment but you got to be kidding."

Another time at a bar a very well made up transvestite who looked better than an average woman came on to me at the bar. The deep voice made me suspicious and the Adam's apple confirmed it. I just laughed hysterically to bring social attention to him/her/it and she broke down in tears. The cops came 5 minutes later and escorted her/he/it out.

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