7 Ways You’re Harming The LGBTQ Community Without Realizing It

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!

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  • Casshole

    I hope and pray to God when I see anything LBGTQ or whatever the heck it is, that my children do not par take in any of this in life. It is against God and I want to see my children following in the ways of the lord. Not the devil. It’s all sin and contorted how sinful people want it to be and its all the flesh hunny. Now keep posting your “poor us” stories while we continue to feel the way we do in OUR communities as well. I’m not going to be mean to someone who is labeling themselves this way, but you better stay out of my children’s minds and off their bodies or you’ll have one angry mama on your hands!!! ?? I pray for you all to be cleansed of sin and to return to the way of the Lord. Amen

    • Teresa Cao

      The Bible says that all sins are equal. The Bible says homosexuality is wrong in LEVITICUS, the book Catholics don’t follow anymore.

  • Merp

    This event is such a heartbreaking tragedy, but it is NOT the deadliest mass shooting in American history. That would be Wounded Foot, where THREE HUNDRED Native American men, women, and children were killed.
    Please, the erasure of people of color, especially Native Americans in American history is absolutely disgusting.