My dear lgbt+ kids,
I always get very excited when I find out a celebrity, famous historical person, biblical person etc. is lgbt+, and I know that many of you share my excitement.
But I also know quite a few hetero, cis people who think we are being ridiculous or stupid because of that, who think we are wasting our time or even, somehow, hurt our own movement by “making a big deal out of people being lgbt+”.
That’s a interesting viewpoint - and one you can certainly only have if you are used to all important people being just like you.
That’s their reality, not ours.
Gay kids don’t go to school and learn about a politician who is gay and another who is gay and another who is gay and oh, this one here was straight but that one got murdered.
Trans kids don’t grow up watching tv series where every single person is trans unless perhaps that one character in one single episode that had no relevance to the story at all and just served the purpose of proving how cis-accepting and praiseworthy the “normal” characters are (and the trans writer of the series, of course).
If the last two paragraphs sound ridiculous, that proves the point:
The reality that straight, cis people grow up in is ridiculously far away from the reality we group up in.
Is it really so “cringe-worthy” when we get excited about finding out someone else is our shade of the rainbow when we grow up in a world that tells us all the normal people are white and black?
With all my love,
Your Tumblr Mom