It seems to be common knowledge that all gay people’s main goal in life is to turn straight people gay too. It’s like they make a point of spreading out their disease so that everyone is taken by the Queer Empire.
We’ve all heard it at least once. If not in such strong words, but it always seems as if, although straight people are selective towards the people they want to date in the opposite sex, we just don’t have that filter. You’re a gay man? Then you must want to have sex with all men in the world. You’re a lesbian? All women must be yours!
Wait, you’re bi? Jesus, leave some for the rest of us, will you?
It’s reductive, it’s offensive, it’s ridiculous. And yet, it’s all out there.
So how can we destroy these kinds of stereotypes? Does ignoring the perpetuators do more harm than good? How can we defeat such reductive portraits of the gay community, when they are treated as truth and persevere in so many people’s minds?
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