“The Gay Agenda?”

Epiphany deRosier

Let’s talk about the gays. Yes. I’m actually talking to you there. It’s true, homosexuals are taking over the planet with their absurd ways, rendering a world of tolerance to come (I know, terrifying right?). But before you run away from this homo-pocalypse here are a few tools to help you navigate these absurdities along the way.

Contrary to popular belief, those who identify as non-binary are people too. They may not identify with the typical gender pronouns, however, it does not mean they don’t identify with being human. When presented with a person not exactly conforming to typical gender norms, it is better to be safe than sorry and ask what their pronouns are. This will make them feel more comfortable with themselves and safer in their environment.

Another critical point to understand is gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria is a condition in which a person experiences discomfort or distress because they were born with the biological sex that does not match their gender identity. For example, one might have the anatomy of a woman, but internally identifies as a man, while some may even feel like they are not definitively male or female. Dysphoric feelings typically begin at ages ten through twelve, and if not treated early enough it can cause a range of depression and anxiety disorders. Ethical treatment for dysphoria includes consulting with a therapist of whom is accepting and supportive of their situation, and if needed, transitioning from one gender to another. This could include taking hormones like testosterone or estrogen, (depending on the desired gender) as well as undergoing chest or gender reassignment surgery. Gender dysphoria is a bonafide condition that affects the psychological growth and development of individuals struggling with it unless it is dealt with correctly. If you know anyone who might need help, please encourage them to call the following hotlines at the bottom of the page.

There you have it. A survival tool kit to navigate the unknown- except now you know. Not so scary anymore, right? At the end of the day, sexuality is no exclusive community. It’s not a club, disease or choice. Sexuality is the biological desire for human connection that unravels into an ambiguous spectrum. You may be on one side of the spectrum or somewhere in the middle, that’s up to you. But, a society of not only tolerance but acceptance only starts with one person. So who is it going to be?

Youth Talkline (ages 23 and under)

  • 1-800-96-YOUTH
    Mon–Sat, 9.30 pm–12 am EST
    Tue, 7 pm–12 am EST

Gay and Lesbian National Hotline

  • 1-888-843-4564
    Mon–Fri, 4 pm–12 am EST

Trans Lifeline

Trevor Suicide Prevention Line

  • 1-800-850-8078