Did you have to “come out” to your parents when you realised you liked members of the opposite sex?

Did you have to “come out” to your parents when you realised you liked members of the opposite sex? Were you in fear they would reject you for “coming out” as heterosexual? Were you denied the basic human right to legally marry a person of the opposite sex and have to listen to constant debates in society as to whether you should be allowed to marry? Did you have to be concerned at school that others would victimize you, vilify you, bully you, sexually assault you and be physically violent towards you because you were heterosexual? Did you ever fear being discriminated against in the workplace because you were heterosexual? Did you ever have to fear holding hands with your partner of the opposite sex when walking down the street? Were you exposed to constant attacks in the media and by religious groups calling you “evil” or a paedophile or “perverted” because you loved members of the opposite sex? This is just a little glimpse into the lives of LGBTIQ individuals.

Remember this next time you say something heterosexist or homophobic, or you hear someone say something homophobic and you pass it off as “harmless” or “just a bit of fun”.

Heterosexism is rampant. Homophobia is rampant. It causes violence. Please reject it.

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