When you fight back, you aren’t just saving yourself. When you fight back, win or lose, you shatter the meme that the LGBT community is composed solely of wild-eyed pacifists that are vulnerable and easy targets for every bully that comes along – hate-driven or not.
After all, when was the last time you heard of a group of 5 youths with baseball bats attacking a cop or a biker?
It isn’t just hate that’s our enemy. It’s also the idea that we’re a safe target.
I can’t say it better than that. Being gay means that there are people who don’t even know you who are willing – and even eager – to hurt or kill you. People like that don’t bother to think beyond stereotypes, so because you’re gay they believe that you won’t be willing or able to fight back effectively. Learn to protect yourself. Get the best tools to protect yourself.
Remember, self defense works.
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