As a gay person, I grew up knowing I was different. Hearing other kids call anyone who deviated from traditional gender expectations a “fag.” Getting called a “lesbo” at age 11. I may be straight but I don’t hate LGBT. I hadn’t come out to anyone and didn’t even really understand what it meant, but I knew it was an insult. Buy this shirt now if you want it.
I may be straight but I don’t hate LGBT shirt
At an early age, we learn that it’s at best different to be LGBT. And many of us are taught that this difference is bad — shameful, deviant, disgusting. I may be straight but I don’t hate LGBT. We might try to hide it. We might wish it away. We learn that even if our family accepts us, there are some relatives who might not; we get asked to hide who we are so as not to make them uncomfortable. We hear about LGBT people who have been physically attacked or even killed for being who they are.
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While I know I grew up with privilege, and others have stories far worse than mine, I also believe that countless other LGBT people could tell stories like this not the same, but all rooted in a legacy that made us feel ashamed of who we are. And yet I, like many of us, also learned pride and hope. Our sexual orientation may or may not be readily visible to others. How we dress or how we act might identify us as gay but it might not, and it won’t in all circumstances. Even with a girlfriend even holding hands people don’t always see a couple. I have to decide whether to come out or hide again and again at the doctor’s office, at the girl’s school, when talking about weekend plans with colleagues because people usually assume heterosexuality. Gay people think about when to hold hands or kiss goodbye in public. Sometimes, it will be a matter of safety. The fact that straight couples don’t have to think about these questions is a reminder of difference. And every time I do come out, some part of me still wonders whether, in this moment, I’ll find that my community has grown larger or if I’ll face rejection or worse. I may be straight but I don’t hate LGBT. I’ve learned that everyone has problems in life – being gay is just another one of life’s challenges. It’s worse than some things, but better than others. I feel no regrets for anything that has happened in my life so far. I have finally learned to love myself. Coming out hasn’t made my life carefree. I feel that I’ve made considerable progress on my own personal path of self-acceptance and personal understanding. I like to say I don’t get angry or upset at people when they say awful things about the gay lifestyle, in fact, I feel bad for them.