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Bigots: no one is obligated to educate you, especially not persons defending their rights and space; back off.

Everyone else: no one is obligated to pick up litter, either. But if you have the time and emotional capacity, consider doing some community service.

Remember – bigots typically benefit from bigoted systems. These assholes aren’t going to educate themselves out of a sense of good will and aren’t hurt by being shamed because they think their cause is righteous.

When you can, when you feel safe, be an ambassador for change.


An additional plea to anyone who is cis, white, able-bodied, straight, or a man

The more of these that apply to you, the more I suggest that you go out of your way to explain to someone being racist, sexist, transphobic, homophobic, or fat-phobic why it’s not okay. Not because cis, white, able-bodied, straight men are the most obligated; not because cis, white, able-bodied, straight men are by default allied with these assholes; not cis, white, able-bodied, straight men are more likely to be assholes. Whether or not you feel any of those are true, the reason I implore you to consider taking action is because cis, white, able-bodied, straight men benefit the most from the existing frameworks.

The more of these that apply to you, the more important it is that they see someone who is benefiting from this fucked framework speaking out against it.

The more of these that apply to you, the safer you probably feel (and are) educating someone about their bullshit.

The more of these that apply to you, the less likely it is that your opinions will be dismissed out of hand by someone who is cis, white, able-bodied, straight, or a man.

It can be scary. It can be taxing. It’s always frustrating.
Sometimes it makes a difference.