I am a six-foot-tall, able-bodied, reasonably attractive white man. I am also gay, grew up in an unenlightened, intolerant culture, am a survivor of childhood physical and emotional abuse and neglect, and have dealt with clinical depression and anxiety most of my adult life. It really irks me to hear that I should "check my privilege" simply for being a white, "cisgender" man. Maybe before you label me and describe me as someone who should be loathed and feared, or someone who should at least acknowledge or somehow feel bad about my so-called "privilege," you should examine your own assumptions and realize you cannot know or judge someone based on their physical appearance alone. Then maybe you will make some progress toward the so-called "equality" you are so desperately seeking.
Check Your Assumptions and I'll Check My Privilege
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