By now, you’ve all heard about the Orlando tragedy. The shooting at a popular LGBTQ club called Pulse this past weekend left the world heartbroken. Not only was this the deadliest mass shooting in American history, it was also a prime example of how homophobia is still very real and very relevant in our society. The shooting, which claimed the lives of at least 49 people, sparked nation-wide controversy and conversation about how America really treats those in the LGBTQ community.
It’s hard to go anywhere IRL or online without hearing or seeing people talk about the LGBTQ world. We all have our own opinions and ideas, and we all want to be able to voice them. Many of us have friends or family members who identify as LGBTQ, and naturally, we want to support them in any way possible. Sometimes, we want to show our support so badly that we end up doing the wrong thing or saying something offensive. In the midst of these conversations, it is important that allies (people who support the LGBTQ community) become aware of their actions and support the community in a positive way. Unfortunately, there are many things that straight people do that actually harm LGBTQ people. The worst part is, the probably don’t even notice it. Even if your intentions are good, your message is still important.
You might read this, scoff, and think, “That’s definitely not me.” But it could be! Here is a list of things people do every day that are actually harming the LGBTQ community, and how we can fix them. Doing this stuff doesn’t mean you’re a horrible person, it just means you need to put more thought into your words and actions. Just keep them in mind!
Are you guilty of any of these? What do you think about it? Tell us in the comments!