I've just had someone ask me if I look for reasons to be offended.
Well, I guess, as an LGBT and equality activist, maybe I do, but I don't have to look very far to see examples of discrimination against my community.
We have a potential vice president in the USA that believes our identities can be "prayed away" or that being gay or trans is a choice, and we just need to try not to be. I wonder if it works in reverse?
Survivors of this barbaric practice have spoken out against it while 50% of the victims don't make it.
Donald Trump himself runs a company that had to be sued before it complied with the law against transgender discrimination.
Law makers are trying to legislate us out of existence. Various states in the US have banned trans people from safely going to the toilet when away from their homes. Most people take that for granted.
Every year, I memorialise the hundreds of trans people that are murdered that year, just for being. These people are largely Latino, or people of colour, with a good chunk of these occurring in the US, and some even in the UK.
And let us not forget the many trans, and LGB people, adults and children that take their own life, not because they're LGBT, but because of the way they're treated by the rest of society, their family, friends, peers, and coworkers.
We live in a world, where many countries still punish people with imprisonment, even death just for being openly gay or coming out as trans.
Even in my civilised country, we've had to fight until recently to be able to marry the person we love, again a right taken for granted by the majority of the population. What we ended up with still discriminates against transgender people, and allows someone to veto the legal recognition of our gender. There are still many places (even in the US) where same sex marriage (let alone equal marriage) is not allowed.
Many people think this is a choice. Yes, we all choose to be subject to daily discrimination, abuse and violence. Get real..
The only choice here is to come out and live a life of persecution, or live a lie.
I didn't need to look very far at all. I could choose not to be offended but then nothing will change.