My dear lgbt+ kids,
Statistically, it’s “rare” to be born with red hair. Less than 2% of the world population have red hair. And still, nobody would seriously look my beautiful wife in the eyes and tell her “Oh, come on, red hair? That sounds fake. Isn’t that like super rare anyway? You’re just trying to be special.”. That would be ridiculous.
Yes, red hair is “rare” - there are only, like, 140 million people with red hair.
It’s statistically just as (un)likely to have red hair as it is to be intersex. The only difference is that “Isn’t that super rare, tho” seems to be a valid way to shoot down any discussion about only one of those two groups of people.
And that old “only 1% of all people are asexual” argument? Well, yeah, that’s over 70 million people.
“Rare”, when it comes to gender or identity, often translates to “actually lots and lots of people but they don’t fit in my world view, so shut up about them”.
Even if some people think of you as rare, you still deserve respect.
With all my love,
Your Tumblr Mom