Why is sexual orientation seen as a privilege?
We live in a society which supports and promotes the idea that being heterosexual / straight is the norm. Anyone who defines or identifies themselves outside of this ‘norm’ often face multiple challenges and barriers because we live in a hetero-patriarchy.
The hetero-patriarchy is where cisgender straight men are granted more power, influence and freedom by default over other groups. This means that people in the LGBTQIA+ community often face oppression and discrimination due to their sexual orientation and identity.
In what ways are LGBTQIA+ people treated differently?
While laws are changing in some countries, there is still significant disparity in the ways that people within the LGBTQIA+ community are treated by the public and a country’s government.