"I know this isn't going to be a popular opinion, but I'm gay, and I don't think there's nearly as much discrimination as people claim. Don't get me wrong, I've experienced discrimination. But it hasn't been a huge factor in my life. I feel like a lot of people bring discrimination on themselves by getting in people's faces too much. They like to say: 'Accept me or else!' They go around demanding respect as a member of a group, instead of earning respect as an individual. And that sort of behavior invites discrimination. I've never demanded respect because I was gay, and I haven't experienced much discrimination when people find out that I am."
A friend of mine on FB just shared this from Humans of New York. I obviously don't want to invalidate the views of someone from the LGBTQA community (if this man even identifies as part of the community), but, like...we can say that he's wrong, right? Because this sounds just bonkers.
My friend's comment for this is GOLD though:
Good news guys: This gay man doesn't feel discrimination, so it doesn't exist. And all you LGBTQ people who "demand respect" are just "inviting discrimination". Why don't you just keep your head down and not cause any trouble, and homophobia won't exist anymore.
On a related note, I always try to use correct terms when discussing things like this, and I just wanted to check with you guise that "LGBTQA" is acceptable - I've made a point to add the Q and A (for queer/questioning and asexual/androgynous), but if there's a more suitable acronym or term to encompass non-straight identities I'd rather use it!