I see that look of disgust or shock on your face when you’re faced with someone who is “unconventional”. But why? We didn’t choose to be unconventional. You chose that label for us.
You create a gender binary and then exclude everyone who doesn’t fit in it. You’ve decided how men and women are supposed to express their gender, and judge those who don’t fit that narrow mould.
You tell us that only one sexual orientation is natural and acceptable, and anyone who has other attractions is deviant and perverted.
You tell us that monogamy is the only way to express and pursue love and affection, despite history and current healthy families proving you wrong.
You tell us that belief in the supernatural is the default, shaming and excluding those who believe differently.
You tell us that only certain methods of sexual expression and platonic affection are appropriate, and then show your shock and disgust when we break your social taboos.
You tell us that our creative self expression with our hair, clothes, body art, and mannerisms make us unfit for “civilized society”.
You tell us that the pastimes and activities we enjoy are weird because you don’t personally like them.
We are normal and beautiful people, but you call us strange, scary, weird or perverted because you believe that there is only one acceptable way to be human. You have given us a tragically narrow template to stuff ourselves in, and we have refused to cut off pieces of ourselves to fit within it.
We are outcasts because you made us this way. We had a choice between fitting inside your little boxes and being authentically ourselves, and we couldn’t make ourselves live a lie. Our potential and beauty is often overlooked because you cannot see past our differences.
But society is slowly changing, and the outcasts are starting to take back their rightful place- no longer outcasts, but accepted, valuable members of society.
To everyone who has been mistreated and ostracized for being different- we are building a better world by refusing to play by their rules, by refusing to hide our beautiful diversity. Your pain is not for nothing; the world is slowly catching up. Keep on being yourselves, and seek out people who understand just how truly valuable you are.