Re: LGBTQ Hello's!
The words I use to describe my attractions honestly depend on the situation, but as a general rule, I like to keep it vague. I'm not a huge fan of labels at the best of times, and I just can't when it comes to stereotypes (still guilty of using them though xD). I used to completely avoid 'gay' for example, because it connotated that exhuberant, high-pitched, dramatic personality in mind and presumably the mind of others -- and that's totally not me haha. It also implied that girls are completely out of the question... and, well, it's not that black-and-white. These days I use 'gay' and 'queer' interchangeably, or not at all haha. If people ask, they can know that I'm the spectrum somewhere -- and I'm content with that.
I totally get you @unwind about the irony around sex and privacy. Why does sex / sexuality need to have so much emphasis put on it? I'm sure it gets boring haha.
I saw that scene in the trailer @annabethxchase, it was so hilarious!! It would be nice if 'coming out' was no longer a big deal. I think peope will inevitably need to ''come out", just because that's how minority works, but it should stop being an 'achievement' once society stops caring so much. "You like guys / girls? Great. Don't forget to do the dishes tonight." Honestly, I think it's shifting towards this direction quite rapidly, I've been seeing more and more coming out stories with anti-climatic endings recently.
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Re: LGBTQ Hello's!
Mhmmm, @nyke, it's so frustrating that our own private business becomes someone else's business. I've seen a few times in my life where someone believes that another person is LGBTQ+, so it suddenly becomes their business to find out. However, if someone gives off the 'vibes' that they're straight, the others don't care!! No one says "wow, you're so straight" or "are you straight?!" I don't understand the double standard that exists here.
Also, it's nice to see that other people feel the same with regard to labels and stereotypes. When I was younger, and freaking out about the thought of being attracted to guys, I thought that all gay people were like Tyler Oakley, and I was nothing like him, so I thought that I wasn't gay... reflecting on that I can now see how confused I was.
Another thing that I find irony in is that we live in a mostly free society, in Australia at least, yet it's almost an unspoken rule to have to categorise yourself into a specific box, characterised by specific requirements. I mean I do see how these labels give people direction and confidence, but I've often sat and thought "why am I a 'gay' human? Aren't I just a human who will eventually look for another human to share my life with?" I don't see how it differs because I prefer guys, the journey and aim is ultimately the same. I dunno, I feel like I'm complaining
I was going to say something to the rest of what you said but I've gotten really tired suddenly and nEEd sleep now.
This is a great thread tho, so glad it was brought back up. I know that I rarely get the chance to express my thoughts on this topic.
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thanks for the tag @mrmusic, I don't really know what to say but here we go
My name is Izzy, I'm 16, and I identify as bisexual, although I think I might be a lesbian. I like reading, and I have many gay otps such as solangelo and drarry due to the fact they make me feel represented and validated Sadly, I live in a small town, which means minimal amounts of LGBTQ+ people, and high doses of homophobic old people. I've never met anyone from the community IRL (so forget having a girlfriend *cries lonely tears*), but I've found lots of acceptance online, especially in the Jessiepaege and Dan and Phil fandoms (you should 10/10 check out their YouTube channels). That's basically everything I guess *awkward finger guns*.
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