So very true.

In my own interaction with queer youth on Quora, I found that some kids who experience a lot of profound mistreatment in their lives often have a hard time being heard or understood even by other queer kids.

Acceptance and tolerance in the United States often vary by geography. In some places and spaces, acceptance is very high, along with some intolerance for bullying and other forms of oppression.

Progressive, privileged people can see this and form a mistaken impression that that experience is universal or close to universal for queer people in general, including for adolescents.

Nothing could be further from the truth, actually.

Try telling an LGBTQ teen from the Bible Belt that they live in a tolerant society, for example.

Yes, we’ve made amazing progress in the past few decades.

We need to remember, I think, that our progress is uneven and that not all of us experience it the same way.

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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