"I know this isn’t going to be a popular opinion, but I’m gay, and I don’t think there’s nearly as much discrimination as people claim. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve experienced discrimination. But it hasn’t been a huge factor in my life. I feel like a lot of people bring discrimination on themselves by getting in people’s faces too much. They like to say: ‘Accept me or else!’ They go around demanding respect as a member of a group, instead of earning respect as an individual. And that sort of behavior invites discrimination. I’ve never demanded respect because I was gay, and I haven’t experienced much discrimination when people find out that I am."
I’d normally read HONY posts and keep scrolling, but this one made me mad enough to reblog.
I know he’s entitled to his opinion, but I hate the fact the guy is trying to speak for the entire community. The fact he thinks people bring discrimination on themselves shows how short-sighted his thinking is. Nothing, and I mean nothing, gives someone the right to treat you like a lesser person because of your sexuality, race, gender, or the like. I can’t stress this enough; you cannot cause another individual to have hateful thoughts about you because of how you are born, and you cannot cause them to act on those prejudice thoughts. The idea that someone causes the bigotry they face…. I’d really like to see him say this to Matthew Shepherd’s family. Please, tell them he brought it on himself and see how that fucking goes.
And what is this guy’s definition of “getting in people’s faces too much”? Referring to their sexuality in a chat more than once a year? Mentioning their partner in a conversation? Protesting anti-gay bills? Saying they wants rights? Fighting for equality for everyone in the LGBT community, including you, while you sit on your ass and claim no one has it that hard?
I live in Kansas, where they recently tried to pass a bill that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to LGBT couples because of religious beliefs. With this bill, a gay couple could walk into a restaurant and be kicked out if homosexuality was against the owner’s religion. It sailed through the House 72 to 49 votes, and thankfully didn’t made it passed Senate.
Not that much discrimination, my ass.