Identifying as part of the LGBT+ community has its up and downs. I’ve met some amazing people who are into similar things as I am, however, I have also experienced some hate too. When I was younger, I was stared at, shouted at across the street, and told I was disgusting by people who didn’t have any clue who I was just from holding a girl’s hand. I understand that the LGBT community has come a long way since when I first came out, and I’d be shocked if I experienced now what I did then. However, there is still a large amount of discrimination towards the LGBT community. I often get stared at on a night out when I’m dancing with my partner, I still get hit on by lads and when I tell them I’m a lesbian it seems to encourage them. If that isn’t complete disrespect, then I don’t know what is.
It annoys me that still today people think it’s appropriate to act a certain way with me because I identify as a lesbian. Even more so, the fact that guys think it’s okay to try even harder with me when I have stated that I’m clearly not into men.
I know it’s not going to drastically change anytime soon, that would be very ambitious to believe. I was just wondering whether other people within the LGBT community experience stuff like this? If you do and wanted to have a rant or discuss it in an article please do message me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I just hope that people may read this and think twice about how they act, not just with people who identify within the LGBT+ community but with others as a whole. I think the world would be a much kinder place!!!