Ok, this is probably going to draw a lot of hate/trolling, but: in your experience, how LGBT-friendly is GAG and the users here?
For those who don't know, LGBTQiA+ stands for 'lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual etc.' Basically, it's an umbrella term for those who aren't straight AND/OR don't conform to the gender norms expected of society. LGBT is the more commonly-used term.
I have been on this site for 6 months, and I'm sorry to say that, as a whole, I find that the GAG community to be NOT LGBT-friendly. Sure, a few lesbians and gays seem comfortable enough here to be out and open. But I see comments like 'gay guys are basically women' and other obvious beliefs in stereotypes more often, and next to NO ONE calling the commentors out on it.
Co-existing with that is what appears to be an unfortunate amount of ignorance. For example, the general inability to think of sex and gender as 2 different concepts.
To say nothing of how painfully gendered some questions are! So many of the questions that could've been answered by girls and guys equally are only targeted at one sex; some polls are designed and some questions asked in such a way that reinforce the gender stereotypes the asker believes in.
I AM NOT SAYING THAT EVERYONE'S BEING AN ASSHOLE. Or doing this on purpose. But can't we sit down and ask ourselves, honestly, if we might have unintentionally isolated others in our use of language? Would it really be so bad if we tried to be more inclusive and mindful of diversity?
I AM ALSO NOT DOING THIS OUT OF SOME SENSE OF SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS. I'm just a tired, frustrated user hoping to remind and open a few pairs of eyes, because even though there's no shame in not knowing, not knowing isn't the ideal place to be in.
P. S. Please read AT LEAST the first 2 paragraphs before commenting.
2. If I'm not responding the next few days, I'm off shoring up my strength in case the replies make me despair of humanity.
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It could be friendlier. The site is just kind of neutral in my opinion, the users... mmmm... not always so much.5