Welcome to a more colorful side of STEEM!

in LGBTQA+ Community2 years ago (edited)

Hello! Welcome to the LGBTQA+ community here on STEEM! My name is Paige, and I am an asexual lesbian. I think that the new community initiative is a wonderful way for people to meet and be able to support each other and their work. Therefore, I wanted to start a community for LGBT users to be able to do just that!

So, welcome to the LGBTQA+ Community... Community!

This community is open to any members of the LGBTQA+ community, as well as any allies wishing to share their support. The hope is to foster a nice place where STEEM users can openly talk about their experiences and support one another. Feel free to share what you are passionate about, and take the time to check out the passions of others with similar life experiences!

If you have any feedback, please feel free to let me know. I am always open to new ways to make the community a better place to be!

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There was this post I wrote a few years ago talking about gay pride. I said how that pride was wrongly associated with sexuality. I explained how that pride comes from overcoming hardships in life that only happened because of a person being gay, like being kicked out of the house. So the person should be proud of getting through all of that, but thanks to their character and willpower. A feat like this happens because of inner strenght, and it should be celebrated, but it gets the sexuality label.

A few minutes later, somebody commented how my post was "homophobic" and attacked me for it.

You have a very valid point, and I definitely think there is room for discussion on the front of pride. I think that pride is definitely tied to the overcoming of hardship, but it is also important to take into account the history of pride and heteronormativity, and how even outside of personal struggles with family, marriage, jobs, etc., it is also something to take pride in just to live and love in a society that even now can still discriminate against that. It's a shame that that individual attacked you and refused to listen to what you had to say, and I'm sorry about that :(

I agree with everything you've said. But I think labeling that pride as "gay pride" acts like a wall against those who don't understand what it's all about.

As a straight individual who had very little contact with anything LBGTQ+ growing up, I could only get to this conclusing after actively thinking about how something about it didn't quite add up.

Mutual understanding is the key to solve conflicts based on differences, so I think the term "gay pride" works against the cause of acceptance because even if everyone who is LGBTQ+ easily understands the idea, others don't.

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