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Do you have LGBT+ people in your life?

Discussion in 'Sexuality' started by Meow Mix, Jul 24, 2021.

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  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  3. Yes, but not very close

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    6.4%
  1. Meow Mix

    Meow Mix Chatte Féministe

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    I'm just curious how many people have LGBT+ friends, family, or anyone else they interact with on a regular basis.
     
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  2. RayofLight

    RayofLight My pronouns: he/they

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    Seems almost all my friends are LGBT.
     
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    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    In the UK I have several gay friends. Here in France, not so many, only 3 gay guys i would call friends. Perhaps because I'm now rural rather than urban.

    For gay read LBGT+, i could never get used to acronyms and acronyms that keep changing and expanding are a no, no.
     
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    I have a few LGBT friends
     
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    My hairdresser is gay (quelle surprise - and at the age of 60 lives with his mother, so he's a walking stereotype), but that's about it among regular contacts.

    Ooh wait, there is the partner of the daughter of a friend from rowing days, who has announced he is trans, i.e, he -> she. This after fathering said daughter's child. What a mess. :rolleyes:

    And there was a gay chap at the rowing club, years ago. And there were some people at university who have come out as gay subsequently but who I am no longer in touch with.

    But that's it. No one in the family, on either side and none of my current friends.
     
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    One really close girl and a couple of acquaintances.
     
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    In real life I used to have a close friend of mine who is gay, sadly we lost contact during my mental health crises due to reasons that are my own fault, but Sydney's a small place. Hopefully someday we'll bump into each other again and reunite, or perhaps I'll try re-establish contact through facebook, although I haven't used facebook in a very long time.
     
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    My wife seem to pick up gay people and has a social life with a number of gay guys who know her and each other and at times and I am sometimes invited.
     
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    I know quite a lot of gay people both family and friends.

    I should say that Manchester, UK has a large LBGT community and has always been at the forefront of fighting for their rights.
     
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    I know a few family members and people of the group home I used to live in who belong to that group.
    Most of the group home were still closeted back then though.
    And one of the family members who used to say she was bisexual is now an Islamic convert, so I can imagine she's left her taste for women behind and no longer identifies as bisexual.

    Other than that, I don't have much of a social life, so I wouldn't say I interact with them on a regular basis.
    But if RF is included, then fairly often I guess, as there's a large amount of LGBT+ people on here.
     
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  11. Martin

    Martin Spam, wonderful spam (bloody vikings!)

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    Same for Brighton.
     
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    A friend of mine changed from straight to lesbian (trans).
     
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    Rival Inodj har-ek Amun-Ra
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    In my country, I have a few bisexual friends, a few lesbian friends, one gay friend, and one asexual friend. If we include online friends (including close online friends), then that number increases to at least a dozen LGBT+ folks.

    I don't know about family and relatives: most wouldn't mention it even if they were LGBT+, but I would say it's safe to assume most probably aren't because they're openly homophobic.
     
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    The discussion of sexuality or gender rarely comes up in conversation with people I meet and eventually interact with on a regular basis, probably because I'm simply not interested it.

    I've learned after having interacted with them for some time that a few of them are LGBT+, but for me, people are people, so it has no impact on my opinion of them. It's their personality, not their sexuality or gender, that makes me decide whether or not I want to interact with them on a regular basis.
     
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    Quite a few of my friends are LBGT. I also have a gay cousin.
     
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    I said 'no' but that's mostly because I'm retired, and live a relatively non-social life. My circle of friends is tiny. When I worked, there were a couple of people.
     
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  18. Meow Mix

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    Oh absolutely, I didn’t mean to imply anything about why people were in each others’ lives; or whether being LGBT+ had any bearing on whether someone would be a friend or not.

    I was just curious because when I was growing up, this was anecdotally a rare thing for a lot of people to know somebody. I think people tend to be more empathetic about certain issues if they know somebody personally (it’s not always related, but it seems to have an impact on some folks).

    So I was just curious.
     
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    Not often, but past coworkers, past church people, a couple of neighbors. There were enough to convince me it was not a matter of choice, which mattered because I needed to know that.
     
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    I don't think it was as anecdotally rare as you might think.

    I don't think the LGBT+ population per capita has changed all that much. I think people were less inclined to admit to being LGBT+ (either to others or oneself), as it wasn't as openly accepted back then as it today.

    I personally knew nothing about it until I received a rather curious phone call from a classmate around puberty. I learned what LGBT+ and phone sex was all in one day. :D
     
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