BLOGMAS DAY FOUR: My First Real-Life Experience with Homophobia

blogmas 2020

Friday, December 4, 2020

I started listening to a podcast. It’s called Mythology, and each episode goes in-depth about a Greek god or goddess. I’m new to the podcast scene, and it’s a nice change from listening to music all the time. 

That was a good part of my day; now let’s get into the not so good part. 

I struggle to say bad because I am past the point of crying over things like this since it has happened so much while I was an adolescent. But I wanted to write about this so I can get my thoughts out.

I was helping a customer at work, and they were lovely. Then I ringed them up at the register, and we had a pleasant conversation going. As I was bagging their items, I heard one of them whisper, “she’s gay,” and then something about me being pretty. 

First off, thanks for calling me pretty! I don’t get that much. It makes the situation less sucky.

I wear a rainbow and lesbian flag bracelet every day because I am proud of who I am, and I am also timid and introverted, so it acts as a conversation starter. 

Anyways from then on, they were silent and wouldn’t even look me in the eye. I assumed it was because they saw my bracelets on my wrist. I said, “have a good day,” and they ignore me. 

I would be lying if I said that it didn’t hurt. 

But I also thought it was kind of childish. I have interacted with people with different political views, and I treated them no different from someone I share the political views with. I have interacted with people wearing things with sayings I don’t necessarily agree with, but I still talk to them and give them the time of day.

I believe that we, as people need to love one another despite our differences. We are all human.

It just saddens me to know that some people feel like I don’t deserve to be treated with respect because of a rainbow bracelet on my wrist—just some food for thought.

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