Homophobia and Transphobia Are Not a Matter of Diversity and Inclusion Opinion

Supporting homophobia and/or racism, is not a “matter of opinion,” it is racism and homophobia.

I believe in meeting people where they are to take them to another level and educate them in ways that are relevant to them. I’m always curious and learn when I hear different sides, opinions and perspectives on issues.

However, being anti-LGBT under the guise of religion is not another opinion, or a diversity issue. It is a homophobic or transphobic issue. At this stage of my life and work, if you tell me you support diversity but you don’t agree with the “gay lifestyle,” you tell me it’s a “preference” and you don’t think being transgender is “normal,” then you are not a diversity supporter. You may support equality on certain issues but you are not a supporter of real diversity and inclusion. You could get educated and become one .

It is up to me as a diversity and inclusionist leader to help you get a new perspective and be patient and kind.

Just like if you are a white gay man, lesbian or a transgender person and you make racist statements you are a racist. You may be good on LGBT issues, but you are not a supporter of diversity and inclusion. You could get educated and become one.

Whether or not you support same-sex marriage is a conversation that we can have in the general population world. It is not a diversity of opinion in the diversity world. It is homophobia.

It is up to me as a diversity and inclusionist leader to help you get a new perspective and be patient and kind.

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