We live in a day and age where tolerance and acceptance can sometimes seem to be in short supply. And for the LGBTQIA community, the struggle to overcome daily instances of stigma and alienation is one that presents a constant source of stress and conflict. When others question your identity and its ability to mesh with “normalcy”, and single you out as abhorrent, it will always have a detrimental effect.
There’s really no beating around the bush when talking about the fact that non-conforming sexual orientation and non-binary genders are somewhat new concepts to the modern American society. Yet while these may be hotly discussed issues in the modern eye, the LGBTQIA community has been struggling with free expression and acceptance for much, much longer.
We’re changing. The growing pains are severe, as relatively simple things like accepting same sex marriage have been and continue to be debated issues, but there is steady progress as the LGBTQIA community continues to fight for a better understanding. But that doesn’t mean we should accept daily mental anguish and struggle as an unavoidable part of being homosexual, bisexual, asexual, or otherwise non-binary.