Super Straights

Kiara Quezada, Club Bouncer

Have you heard about the “Super Straight” community? What are your opinions on it? In case you have not heard about the “Super Straights” then they are essentially people who have made their own sexuality where they would only date the opposite gender born with that gender. They say that if a person can identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or anything else then why can’t they identify as something of their own? A TikToker, Kyle Royce, posted a video in March stating that since “straight people or straight men [like himself] get called transphobic because [he] wouldn’t date a trans women” he is going to identify as super straight Royce continues to say how if we were asked if he would date a trans woman he wouldn’t, simply because they are not considered “real women” to him.

Some people said that the whole “Super Straight” thing was a joke, a hoax, a prank if you’d like to call it. Well let’s get serious for a second, say straight people only wanted to make a statement on how just because they wouldn’t date a trans person, they are not transphobic. Or if they would not date a gay person, they are not homophobic, so on and so on. There are better ways to go about it that are not faking an entire sexuality.

People of the LGBTQ+ community have been harmed because of their sexuality. According to BBC News in the years 2014-2015, 6,655 hate crimes against LGTBQ+ were committed and in 2019-2020 the number increased to 18,465. Have you heard of straight people getting hit, stomped on, or assaulted because of their sexuality? I’m guessing no, well Tommy Barwick was attacked after a pride parade where those exact things happened to him. Barwick said he “heard shouting behind [him] that was homophobic. Then [he] was hit.” He felt his back “crack” and then “fell to the floor” while his attackers “stamped” on his back. He said he thought he was going to die.

Coming back to the whole making up a new sexuality thing, it just is not right in any way to mock the LGBTQ+ community when they face real problems like Tommy Barwick’s. Most “straight” people aren’t even fully “straight,” but we don’t have to get into that. If you are interested then click on this link to learn more. https://kinseyinstitute.org/research/publications/historical-report-diversity-of-sexual-orientation.php

 

 

Sources Cited

https://mashable.com/article/super-straight-tiktok-transphobia/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8vQhkPnEE4

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-54470077