Late shift at the Nine Bells
A simple guide on how not to get punched in the face
Right: I am a heterosexual/cisgender/queer/genderqueer person and I can't imagine myself being any other way! I have never once felt the need to reconsider my sexuality and/or gender!
Wrong: I am a heterosexual/cisgender/queer/genderqueer person and if you're not doing it my way then you're wrong, because clearly if I can't imagine myself being any other way than neither can you!!!!111!1!!1!1!
Right: You're not my race/religion/sexuality/gender/level of physical ability? Cool, bro. Doesn't matter. Let's hang out sometime, yeah?
Wrong: You're not my race/religion/sexuality/gender/level of physical ability? OMG UR NOT LIKE ME LOL WE GUNNA SINGLE YOU OUT AND TREAT YOU LIKE SHIT LOLLOLOLOLO!lO!lOl!O!l!OL!Ol1Ll!L1!!!
Right: Pride events are open and welcoming to everyone!
Wrong: Pride events are open and welcoming to everyone *judgmental whisper* except bisexuals and nonbinary people.
Right: I'll totally use your preferred pronouns! No prob, yo!
Wrong: Hey you did something to annoy me so I'm going to completely invalidate your gender identity and ignore your preferred pronouns out of protest until you apologize.
Right: Dude, let's just respect that we have different skin colors and get over it. Just skin. You're my friend no matter what color you are. Same goes for everyone.
Wrong: Ferguson
Right: Oh, she's wearing a hijab. *goes up to her* I love that fabric! Do you like floral? Me too! That's so cool. You have amazing taste.
Wrong: Oh, she's wearing a hijab. *goes up to her* GET OUT OF HERE TERRORIST, YOU DON'T BELONG AWAY FROM THE MIDDLE EAST
Right: *sees a disabled person and treats them like a normal friend albeit offering help when they need it/ask for it*
Wrong: *sees a disabled person* Are you retarded/lame/stupid/etc.? Allow me to baby you and treat you like you can't do anything by yourself.
Right: *sees someone struggling with a particular mental disorder (e.g. having a panic attack) and politely asks if there's anything I can do to help*
Wrong: *sees someone struggling with a particular mental disorder and immediately assumes that I know everything about how to deal with this and that other people don't know shit*
Right: Peace/equality/happiness
Wrong: Judgment/discrimination/violence
Right: Tomorrow
Wrong: Today
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