So I was in line at the grocery store earlier, and there was an older lady in line behind me. She saw that I was wearing a bracelet with rainbow on it. She then asked me if I was gay, which I replied no. She then told me to take the bracelet off because it’s for “faggots.” To that I say, “Well I happen to like ‘faggots’.” Then the cashier heard the conversation and told the woman that that particular register was for faggots only, and asked her to leave. The woman said that she wanted to speak to the manager. The manager came and guess what, he was gay.
Lets just say the woman left without her groceries.
Beautiful. This is how I want bigots to feel all the time. Like, “shit, we’d better not say anything racist/classist/homophobic/generally terrible because those people might call us out on our crap.” I don’t want hateful people to feel comfortable spreading their hate any more.
It’s a lot easier to stand up against bullies when you know you won’t be standing alone. That’s just one of the reasons queer visibility and tiny gestures like ribbons and wristbands are so important.