In the diversity concept, sexual orientation and gender identity are often discussed and treated as one dimension. Mostly, only the so-called LGBTIQ* is talked about as a queer group. However, simply put, this is not just about “gays and lesbians.”
What we already know and are familiar with is just as important and is also part of diversity. Heterosexuality – that is, opposite-sex love between a man and a woman – is also a sexual orientation, and being a woman or a man is a gender identity. Sexual orientations and gender identities are equal – none is better or worse than the other. There has always been more diversity than we have been given. There’s just been a lot of concealment and hiding.
Sometimes you can be overwhelmed and it’s perfectly okay to close the doors behind you because it’s all too much. Tomorrow is a new day. It’s important to know that you can never know everything, and you don’t have to.
You can’t know what someone wants to call themselves, what developments and experiences someone has gone through. One may always ask. It is also important to perhaps relax things a bit and see the whole thing as a game that can bring variety and fun.
Where there is love, there is also happiness and health. Everything is equally good, beautiful and valuable. Sometimes mom and dad love each other – or even two moms or two dads. And best of all, there are many more around you who love you – grandmas, grandpas, uncles, aunts, friends and animals too.
It is often said that sexual orientation and identity are private matters. However, whether during small talk at the coffee bar or at parties, the idea of a heterosexual partnership is usually automatically assumed. Everyone is allowed to live and love freely and self-determined.
Therefore, it is more pleasant and realistic if the previous norm is supplemented by the “diversity normativity”. THE one normal never really existed and will never exist. There is only the normal diversity.
The best thing is to be able to be who you are – as a girl or boy, aunt, uncle, dad and mom. Sometimes it is that you are a boy and you feel like a girl or you are a girl and you feel like a boy. Then you have to help each other, because the way to get there is sometimes not easy and it is worth it. In any case, we are all one big family together.
Gender often still determines the distribution of resources, tasks or responsibilities – sometimes more than competence or expertise. Gender identities are very diverse with male, female, trans* and inter* people.
There is always a risk of a majority dominating a minority – for example, when one gender is significantly underrepresented.