For my interview, I have decided to interview my friend Alicia Ellis to get a more in depth look at the LGBTQ+ community in Coquitlam as my eminent person has often advocated for them. Below are some of the questions I asked her and her answers.
Q: Compared to when being a part of the LGBTQ+ community wasn’t as widely accepted and now, where being a part of the LGBTQ+ community has become more normalized, how has your life changed?
A: Personally, I don’t think I have lived long enough to be able to feel the full effects of change that the LGBTQ+ community has gone through. But from observing through time and recognizing that progress is being made it makes me thankful that I am able to live in a society that is willing to accept me for who I am. Of course things aren’t perfect, there is still lots more progress to be made in society but I think we slowly getting there.
Q: Can you tell other members of the LGBTQ+ community apart through the way they dress?
A: The answer I would like to give is no. Of course you can’t just tell from the way someone dresses, but for some people you just know. There are a lot of people out there who are very open about their sexuality/gender and will wear the colours of their flag (e.g. rainbow) quite often, or wear pins and buttons. I think this mostly depends on how closeted and comfortable the individual is with them self.
Q: Have people jumped to conclusions about your sexuality based on your appearance before? If someone has, how did you react? If not, how would you have reacted?
A: For me, this has not happened. Anyone I have come out to has usually been surprised and leaves it at that. I think I could probably think of a few ways for me to dress and be assumed but I am.
Q: Let’s say you were straight. If someone assumed you were LGBTQ+ how would you react and clarify?
A: Personally, I don’t really know. In no way would I consider this an insult, but I would clarify the person and tell them that I am not, so that wrong information would not be spread.
Q: If it was an entire continent that assumed that you were LGBTQ+, how would you clarify this in an effective and not insulting way?
A: If the entire continent assumed me as something I was not, I would politely address it in a matter that would reach a lot of people at once. Something like appearing on the news (assuming I am a celebrity since everyone is assuming me) or an a talk show would work. There is a pretty big chance people wouldn’t believe me but I would have to stick to my case and support those in the same boat as me as well as the LGBTQ+ community.