This week, I read a quick post somewhere that mentioned how gays are always shoving their lifestyles down straights’ throats. And, I thought about it for a little while and it dawned on me that the writer must not realize how “straight” the world is.
When I mention that I’m married, to someone I’ve just met, they usually ask me about my husband. Most people do a double take when I mention that I have a wife.
Recently, when I filled out an online form for work, I entered Cheryl as my spouse. The system filled in her sex as male. HR had to fix it. A computer system assumed that I was straight.
We get phone calls asking for one of us that the other will take, when I say Mrs. _______ isn’t here, I’m asked if the caller could speak to Mr. ______. From insurance forms to phone calls and even those dreaded taxes, as a gay person, I’m constantly reminded that the world is geared for straight people.
This isn’t a complaint, I get it. There’s more straights than gays. It’s like being left handed. I read somewhere that 10% of the population is left handed. The world is geared for right handed people.
But, no one tells someone who is left handed that they are shoving their lifestyle down a right handed person’s throat.
Gays are 10% of the population, why is it when we want to be treated as full members of American society, we’re shoving our lifestyle down society’s throat?
I don’t have an answer. I just don’t. I just live in a straight world. It’s getting better, but we could improve it.