(Original post by DJkG.1)
Are these new kinds of devient 'orientations'?
No, they're not. Being intersex is a physical condition caused by either not having XX or XY chromosomes, or having these but having ambiguous genitalia. Being genderqueer means you don't identify as 'male' or 'female'. Being asexual has a historical precedence, and means that your life doesn't revolve around sexual attraction.
(Original post by jumpingjesusholycow)
What planet are you living on? Presumably you're talking about the United Kingdom. If so, you are severely mistaken, the UK is one of the most socially liberal countries in the world, far more so than the US and many other countries in Europe. If you want to see intolerant, try living in Saudi Arabia
Whilst I get
the point that you're making about school, I don't necessarily agree. I suffered a lot of racism at school. I had a hard time and people didn't give
me an easy time for having brown skin. That said, I recognise that this is pretty much down to immaturity and ignorance. Having grown up a tad more, I haven't experienced intolerance on a scale even nearly comparable and I think it's the same when it comes to homophobia. Homophobia really is tabboo these days - and that's a good thing. I just think that you're not only being hypersensitive and exaggerating the issue, I think you're doing exactly the same thing as what you're decrying: i.e. "HOW DARE YOU THINK LGBT PEOPLE ARE ANNOYING! That's only one person! YOU'RE ALL HOMOPHOBES THIS COUNTRY IS SO INTOLLERANT"
Perhaps we live in very different parts of the world or country, but I honestly would not say that homophobia is taboo where I live. I've experienced it on every level; from at home to at school, and from medical professionals and school teachers. When complaining about a girl who was making death threats about me last year, I was told by school that this was my own fault because I was in a relationship with a girl and that was why she was picking on me. Now, I imagine other people have more tolerant parts of the country, and the level of discrimination LGBT+ people face in Britain isn't comparable to what they face in Iran etc. But it's still very real, and I have never experienced any of this 'how dare you pick on gay people, you have to be politically correct' that other people seem to complain about. I'm not saying that everyone else is homophobia, just that the people I've met are - and I don't think it's hypersensitive to complain about homophobia when the suicide rate for LGBT+ young people is exceptionally high, people are still beaten up or thrown out of their homes because of their sexuality, and we don't even have the same civil rights as heterosexual cisgender people.
So heterophobia and anti-straight discrimination is okay if you're 'still working out your sexuality'?
I'm not saying that it is acceptable; I'm saying that it's understandable. I suspect from the tone of the OP that we're talking about people who are in their mid-teens, which is a time where nobody is very mature or sensible in their attitudes to other people, no matter what their sexuality is. I did say several times in my post that I don't think it's ok to insult someone for whatever sexuality they have, but there is a context to what this girl is saying, and you can understand why she's saying it (without condoning it) if you look at the context.
I wonder if you'd feel comfortable if I felt this way towards gays. Some people are complete hypocrites, and such people (like yourself) are the main instigators of homophobia. Such a shame you have to ruin it for the rest, I know many well adjusted gay individuals who would be disgusted by you.
If your opinion of gay people was the same as my opinion of straight people - total tolerance and a desire for better understanding on both sides - then I would be entirely comfortable
I'm not an instigator of homophobia and I don't think that I'm 'ruining it for the rest' by refusing to roll over and say 'yes, you're right, we are too vocal in our demands for equal treatment'. I'm also not sure what I've done which is so 'disgusting'. Nowhere did I say that it was acceptable to discriminate against people, no matter what category they fit into. All I'm saying is that it's wrong to discriminate. If you know someone who's 'disgusted' by that and you still consider them 'well-adjusted', I am quite concerned about the criteria you're using.
So if you're straight, and don't have a fully-formed world view, you're a demon, and a reason to show that British society as a whole is intolerant. But f you're gay, and don't have a fully-formed world view, it's absolutely fine and is something to be pitied?
No. I'm not saying that this girl deserves special consideration because her worldview isn't formed yet; I'm just saying that you have to understand it in context, no matter whether someone is gay or straight or whatever they are. I do think that British society as a whole is intolerant, mainly because I've experienced more examples of discrimination than I can list; now, this may be related to where I live and I imagine that not everywhere is the same, but the fact is that some pockets exist where being LGBT+ is downright terrifying. I am not criticising or picking on straight people, and I find this belief that straight people are somehow oppressed by LGBT+ rights quite confusing.