God, It’s been a week already since the last Tough Talks? Well, with that in mind, I’m back with Part 2 in this 3 part series. Today, I’m going to be touching on a subject I’ve mentioned before and something that a lot of my friends, find weird when I share my opinion. LGBTQ+.
So why do my friends think I’m weird when I discuss this? Well, I’m not the biggest supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. As a gay man, you probably would expect that I am or at least, should be. But I’m not. The whole thing just frustrates me. I feel that the gay community have put themselves into a box, separated themselves and now have nowhere to go. Yes, years ago it was illegal to be gay, it was never accepted and people were seriously hurt because of it. Fast forward to the present day, I think gay people are widely accepted, ‘gay bashing’ is less of a thing and actually, gay people are no longer in the minority.
Having a whole group dedicated to the LGBTQ+ community, in itself separates them. I thought their whole point was to be included? In the company I work for, we have ‘diversity’ groups. Groups for LGBTQ+, for people of colour, for religion, women and elderly people. It seems like they’re creating a group for everyone that’s not a white, straight male?
The reason I don’t support things like Gay PRIDE events & anything to do with LGBTQ+ is because I feel miss-represented. Whenever you look at anything to do with being gay all they have to show is cross-dressers, glitter, rainbows and mincing… that’s not a true representation of gay people. Not all of us, mince around with sequins and glitter… yet that’s all they showcase. So why would I support something that miss-represents most of us. You can be gay, without being… OTT.
I don’t even know what the Q & the + mean in the LGBTQ+…
So to finish, I would like to add that I would much rather support ‘peoples rights’, rather than separate people into groups. Let’s all celebrate humans, celebrate each and every one of us, let’s live a life full of inclusion and make nobody feel like they’re separated.
I’m calling an end to today’s post here. I hope you’ve enjoyed it and I hope it sparks some sort of feeling and makes you consider how you represent yourself & how you treat others. Again, I hope nobody takes offence to anything mentioned in the Tough Talks series. For now, I’ll see you back here on Wednesday!
| Harrison |