Dan posted about microaggressions and discussed how they not only apply to race but to other people including gays and lesbians. The concept of microaggressions is new to me but has caused me to think a lot about how I talk about other people. In a previous post of my own I mentioned microaggressions directed to gays and lesbians from members of the LDS Church — high up members of the LDS Church. As expected, I was met with disagreement, so I’d like to open up the conversation. Please feel free to express your opinions openly.
To help shape the conversation a little, watch this interview on Anderson Cooper’s show. He talks to Franchesca Ramsey, the mastermind behind the Shit White Girls Say to Black Girls video (go to Dan’s page linked above to watch the video or look them up on YouTube). They address a lot of important topics and share a lot of important feelings that shape how I view microaggressions.
Now consider this example from the microaggressions.com website:
ONE OF MY COWORKERS IS MESSING WITH ANOTHER COWORKER BY “ACCUSING” HER OF BEING GAY. She’s furious with him. Meanwhile, I’m sitting there, being gay.
During my shift at a customer service job. Made me annoyed, depressed.
One of the microaggressions I referenced in my previous post was “we’re not anti-gay; we’re pro-family”. Does this fall into the scope of microaggressions? Why or why not?