Nowadays, being a gay is much easier than it was many years ago.
First of all, being gay is not considered a mental illness anymore. Secondly, in some places they are also allowed to have jobs. But even in the most progressive parts of the world, these people still face the outdated problems!
1. There is no sex education for gay
Most of us hated the sex ed lessons, as it was always awkward and some classmates joked and laughed all the time. But just think how a gay or a lesbian would feel at these classes? They are stuck trying to figure out the specific act that goes along with the slang phrases they’ve picked up, like “butt sex” and “carpet munching.”
Of course, nobody knows what to do their first time, but at least straight people can take some hints from films like Original Sin while their parents are out of town. Gay people pretty much have to make it up as they go. And all the information that Google gives about using lesbian techniques is hilariously useless.
2. They are not taught how to take care of their bodies
From teenage years heterosexual boy or girl have been hearing about two distinct dangers: accidental pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. But homosexuality leads to whole different health problems that you won’t find in the sex ed book.
And if you think that you can get some help and advice from the doctors, you’re totally wrong! Today, in less than a half of all medical schools, there is no specific LGBT medical training.
3. Everyday paperwork is a nightmare
Of course, none of us likes to fill in all those official documents, but it’s twice more complicated if your partner is of the same gender. Wherever they will go, they have to take at least their marriage certificate to use as some sort of notarized shield. For example, if something were to happen to one of the lesbians and they will have to go to the hospital, their wedding rings won’t allow them to get into a room together.
4. They still get ugly labels
If you think that being a young gay person means that you have to “come out” all at once, and then, after that, you’re just openly gay to the world, you are totally wrong! You must understand that you will have to come out, again and again, to every person you meet in your life. And also you have to be ready to an ugly reaction.
Nowadays, we all live in a world where people like to put labels on everything. So every time a gay meets a new person in a college, at work or at the party, he has to explain his choice about a sex partner. And there is always is such a question as “How did you know you were gay?” and a great number of offers of potential heterosexual “test” partners.
5. They are still scared to admit they have problems
First of all we should admit that such a notion as a “sexual assault” exists. There are several examples when a woman raped her roomate, but the government still doesn’t know how to deal with such cases. The second problem is the continuing nightmare of AIDS. Straight people characterize gay men as plague rats, which is a stereotype the gay community they have had to fight tirelessly since AIDS appeared.