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Straight Or LGBTQ: We’re More Alike Than We Are Different

As long as people are not harming society with their actions, then why should we intervene?

Who are we to judge?

Yes, I am straight; I’m attracted to guys.

But, just because I’m straight doesn’t mean my relationship should act as a guide or a model for all. If my relationship inspires you because of how I respect my partner and how much love he has for me, then make a note to work towards to goal with your partner. Both straight couples and gay couples have fights. We are all far from perfect. But, many of us need to show each other love. I do not understand how many people have such hate  towards the LGBTQ community just because some members of that community  like the same sex. It is very heartbreaking to me since I have several friends who are gay or transgender. I treat them like anyone else because they are simply people who deserve respect.

This past month, the nation celebrated Pride Month, a month dedicated to the LGBTQ community.  

During Pride, there are large weekend festivals where attendees can dress up in various costumes and have a good time. Some go all out and dress in tutus, neon-colored hair, and rhinestone accessories to match their outfits. It’s really nice to see the community come together with open arms by being a vendor at the event, by respecting their sexual preference.  Next year, I plan to have a booth at Pride Fest. There are also many myths surrounding members of the LGBTQ community that I’d like to clear up:

  1. “They have cooties!” (Really…Grow up! No one’s had cooties since we were about 9 years old, especially not people with diverse sexual preferences).

2. “Be careful; they could have HIV!” (If you are smart, you should assume every person you sleep with has HIV and make sure to get them tested. Straight people can test positive for HIV, too!)

3. Being gay is a mental illness (To some, a lack of knowledge is dangerous. Last time I checked, “gay” is not on the same page as “bipolar disorder” or “schizophrenia…”).

Let me ask you this question: What if you found out your child was gay and/or transgender? How would you handle that? I would hope you would make them feel like they’re still your child, love them no matter what, and not be embarrassed by their preferences. Sometimes, it’s best to take a back seat, put on your shades, and just cruise. Not everyone needs to share your beliefs, and vice versa. But, the next time you come across a member of the LGBTQ community, try to be a little more open-minded. You can’t ever assume… because you know what happens when you assume, don’t ya… You make an a** out of you and me.

You really never know what anyone is going through, so please be kind to all.

Photo by Joshua Stitt on Unsplash



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