So, racism is a thing. So, is feminism, and heterosexism, and sexism, and Marxism, and ...
Well.. you get the idea. There are a lot of isms.
And if Wikipedia is to be believed, "ism" is a neutral connotation.
And then, there's homophobia.
The noun used for distinctions between "gay" (consider it an umbrella for the moment, will you?) and "straight" (same here.. ) is fear.
I'm being a bit simplistic today. But frankly, lately, I think people need to think in more simplistic terms and learn to respect the commonalities amongst us all in this society rather than pick us apart because of the differences between us as individuals. (And I do know there are more fancy terms with phobia in it to describe a bit of what's up there, like xenophobia, but you don't here "xenophobia" bandied about as a term a much as you hear "racism".)
If we think in more simple terms, perhaps we can begin to realize that something we hold so dear might really be in direct conflict and contradiction with other things we hold dear. And maybe find a way to reconcile them.
I've done a bad bad thing lately. I've been flinging the words "alternative facts" at others.
And I've been doing a lot of reminding to people that the world was once flat.
But I have been drawing a lot of analogies about an area I really don't know that much about. I really don't. But I do know about being human. And while I might not think I have been born in the wrong body, I can respect that others might. While I might not have been born straight, I can respect that others might have been. While I will probably never have to be in a position of having to choose whether to have an abortion myself, I can respect for those who consider it that it is a hard choice, and that it is not mine to make.
What is mine to make is to provide them the opportunities to have a true and safe choice.
You people make choices and live lives every day that are different than what I might choose or how my life might be. As long as you aren't out harming me, carry on.
If you need my help, and I am able, I'll gladly give it. And I'll do my best to stay out of your way and not hamper your journey. I might not always be successful, but I ask you to do the same for me.
I went down the Twitter rabbit hole last night. And I haven't yet quite found my way out.