The queer stereotypes are deep-rooted into the system. They’ve been exposed to harsh and mean comments since early.

Being openly queer is not easy in a society that is stuck in the past and holding onto a false moral high ground. What makes it more difficult besides that is the constant fight against hate crimes and having to fight for having their rights recognised. Queer stereotypes are also a hindrance the community faces from people who don’t understand or accept the way of life.

Saying things like being gay or lesbian is a ‘mental disease’ that needs to be cured are damaging. In some parts of the world, ‘conversion therapy’ is still viewed as a ‘remedy for fixing’ the sexual orientation of the person. Associating and labelling a community with particular characteristics and not acknowledging the diversity of each person is harmful, disrespectful and just unnecessary. Nobody would like to be typecast based on certain perceptions, negative ideas or experiences of a few individuals. Ask yourself, would you like being treated disrespectfully?

It’s high time we break down the cultural prejudices based on gender identity with love and acceptance. Unlearning homophobia and ending discrimination based on sexual orientation would be one step closer to making this world a happier place for the queer community.

It’s time we break these stereotypes faced by the queer community:

1. LGBT community people can be identified by certain clothing, physical characteristics and manners.

2. No one is born gay. They can choose to give up homosexuality.

3. The gays don’t prefer performing physical activities like sports or gymming, their habits are more makeup, fashion-driven.

4. Everyone in the queer community is effeminate and flamboyant.

5. Members of the LGBTQ+ community are trying to convert others.

6. The LGBTQ+ community members do not make good parents.

7. Queer professors are harmful role models for students.

8.  In a same-sex relationship, one partner usually plays the masculine role & the other one plays the feminine role.

9. If you are not in a heterosexual relationship you’ve never had a meaningful relationship or been in love with a man.

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10. Gay people are more prone to drug abuse and alcohol.

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Chayanika Roy
Creative thinker, writer and an orator, Chayanika Roy is a passionate journalist in making who loves to explore new opportunities, meeting new people and undertaking dynamic challenges. As an enthusiastic traveler, she enjoys capturing the beauty and culture of the places she visits. She has endeavoured in various fields including- content writing, photography, screenplay writing and social media. Writing for a national publication and working with organizations has given Chayanika a better sense of the creative field where she is stepping in.