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Keep being gay, keep doing gay stuff.

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Recently I’ve been hearing a lot of comments like ‘gay isn’t even a minority anymore’ or ‘being gay is so normalised now it’s not even a thing anymore’. This infuriates me every time I hear it because it’s out of the mouths of straight white people that think because they know some gays that they know our lives, know what we go through everyday or how we grew up.
Guess what straight white allies, you don’t know. You can’t know some of the things that we deal with. That’s your privilege and that’s ok, but when you say things to downplay our need to keep fighting and keep being vocal that’s when you let your privilege blind you. That’s where the concern lies.

I read a post recently about the growing gap between a persons straight and gay friends which included some information from a psychiatrist about the emotional damage LGBTQI adolescents go through even if nothing traumatic happened to them; it talks about micro-stressors which plague their day to day lives as they are coming to terms with their sexuality or staying in the closet. A link to that post can be found here.

Why do we still need to be out, loud and proud?

Well because we still don’t have marriage equality. You can do your part here at The Equality Campaign

Because nearly half of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersexual Australians hide their sexual identity at work. Read it here

Because gay bashings still happen.

Because faggot is still an insult.

Because a parliamentary candidate went on a homophobic twitter rant this year.img_0067

Because groups like this still exist; your guide to groups that think marriage equality would bring on the apocalypse.

70% of HIV infections in Australia during the last study where gay men.

Its because of things like this and so much more that being gay is still not considered normal and it is ‘still a thing’. The reason this bothers me is the fear we will become complacent and stop fighting because we think this is as good as its going to get.

This post was inspired by a series of tweets that I found while scrolling the other day.

Check out my post on PrEP or Dating Apps.

Feature image supplied by https://pixabay.com/

 

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7 thoughts on “Keep being gay, keep doing gay stuff. Leave a comment

  1. Umm… ¿seguro que no son fakes? Me refiero a que los artworks los suelen publicar en b/n, y bien podrían ser estas unas ilustraciones de temática 1000 y una noches para dar veracidad a la &#i&;02not8cia2#8221;. No sé, es que es la primavera vez que veo “artworks” casi como en acuarela.

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