With a year where gay marriage was federally legalized in the United States, has been legalized in countries like Ireland with a long history of extremely conservative ideals and where strides have been taken to abolish intolerance and misinformation, 2015 holds good memories. It’s also past, and with it, there are stereotypes, biases and myths we’d like to see stay in the past.
Homosexuality is Unnatural
It’s an argument that some people still make, ignoring the fact that same sex behavior and gender role fluidity is prevalent in the animal kingdom. Humans aren’t the only living beings to have homosexual relationships; every culture in the world and a huge variety of animals (such as primates, zebras and elephants) have homosexual relationships.
Transgender People Hate Their Bodies
Gender dysphoria doesn’t translate into “I hate my body.” The real stress comes when a person’s physical sex does not match their presented gender and they’re unable to reconcile the differences by presenting as they wish. Not all transgender people want surgical reassignment or hormone therapy. It’s an individual choice made on an individual basis.
Bisexual People are Promiscuous
One of the misconceptions that appears is bisexuality is just an excuse to engage in sexual activity as often as possible, with as many people as possible. Just as every other sexual orientation, bisexuality is just that: an orientation. There are bisexual individuals who prefer multiple partners, a single partner or no partner. Just as being gay does not make someone interested in fashion, being bisexual does not make someone promiscuous.
You Can Get HIV from Being Around HIV-Positive People
A myth that’s been surprisingly persistent over the years is the idea of contracting HIV from associating with HIV-positive individuals. Due to the nature of the virus itself, this is impossible unless you’re engaging in sexual activity, drug sharing or breast milk produced by an HIV-positive mother. HIV cannot be contracted through touch, tears, saliva or sweat.