There’s nothing worse than pissing off someone who identifies as LGBTQ+. They can and will take out their frustrations with every homophobic person they have ever met. Here are a few questions you need to steer clear of. Also, for the gays, read on to find out how to tackle these annoying questions.

“Are you sure you’re gay?”

Nothing kills your mood like being questioned about your identity. Perhaps the most frequently asked question and also the most stupid one too. If someone says they’re gay despite the society imposing heterosexuality upon everyone, believe me, they’re gay.

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Suggested response: “No, I’m not. I just like having to face discrimination and make people around me uncomfortable by spreading rumours about my sexuality. You should try it too.”

“How could you have known so soon?”
There’s no correlation between one’s age and becoming aware of one’s sexual orientation. People can be aware of their inclinations by age 4 or even as last as age 30. Many gays claim to have “sensed” an affinity towards the same sex which they later identified as sexual attraction. Others say that being around heterosexuals made them realise that they were different somehow.

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Suggested response: “Err… Introspection?”

“How did you know if you’ve never done it with anyone?”
It is a common belief that to know about your sexuality, one must experiment. Except, of course, if you are straight. The question itself has an underlying homophobic notion that heterosexuality is somehow the “default” sexual orientation and any deviation from it must be proven. Sorry folks but, that’s not how it works.

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Suggested response: “Why? How many guys/girls did you fool around with to be sure that you were straight?”

“Will you be up for a threesome?”
Being gay doesn’t automatically make a person slutty. Usually, lesbians become the victim of this tormenting question. One’s sexual orientation and their willingness to experiment in the bedroom are two separate things.

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Suggested response: “I would but, you’re not really my type.”

“Why don’t you love the colour pink? I thought you were gay.”
The association between homosexuality and the colour pink stems from the common misconception that gay men are feminine. Hell, even women don’t associate with the colour! This question is doubly-offensive; to women, and to gays.

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Suggested response: “Shoot! I must skipped past that in the homosexuality handbook’s clothing clause.”

“Dude, are you hitting on me?”
Again, being gay doesn’t automatically make someone slutty. Just because someone’s sexual orientation tilts towards your gender doesn’t mean that they are attracted to you.

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Suggested response: “Nah, dude. I have standards.”

“When did you turn gay?”
Nope. Nobody “turns” gay. It’s not like somebody wakes up one day and thinks, “hey! I know how I could turn my life around. I could be gay!” Perhaps what you want to ask is, “when did you realise that you were gay?”

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Suggested response: “Oh! Every full-moon. It’s like a disease, you know.”

“Oh, you’re gay! Is that why you’re bad at sports?”
Perhaps you haven’t heard of Billie Jean King or Justin Fashanu or Jason Collins. There have been numerous athletes worldwide who have come out as members of the LGBTQ+ community. This too has a sexist and a homophobic undertone implying that the more “feminine” homosexuals can’t play sports.

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Suggested response: “Yup, pretty much. Hey, you must be gay too then!”

“Do you ever get turned on by your own penis?”
Being responsive to one’s own touch is a whole other genre. So, no. Being gay and being sexually responsive to your own genitals are different.

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Suggested response: “Oh, you mean auto-sexuality? Sorry man, I’m just gay.”