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How do you navigate a society that expects you to lean left? Have you ever been met with scrutiny before? Have you ever been or felt excluded? Asking as a slighty right-leaning lesbian because I feel like society has categorized us into "real' and "fake" based on political leanings.

How do you navigate a society that expects you to lean left? Have you ever been met with scrutiny before? Have you ever been or felt excluded? Asking as a slighty right-leaning lesbian because I feel like society has categorized us into "real' and "fake" based on political leanings.

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While I lean right on some economic issues, I am mostly right when it comes to governing structures (conservation of the constitution and states rights). I lean center on social issues, but as everyone knows, center, right, and left definitions in regards to social issues are completely wonky by now. I have encountered straight people telling me what to think. I have had one "friend" heavily imply that I must hate myself because I'm a lesbian and voted for the right.

In general, I don't talk about my sexuality in work settings(I don't lie, I just don't share private details) and, more recently, I've been reluctant to share my political opinions in public. When I worked at my previous job, I found that only my older co-workers respected my viewpoints and that they were also the only ones who could discuss politics without getting offended. My younger co-workers were skeptical to even offended when I told them that I was gay and knew I leaned right. It was very difficult for them to discuss anything past feelings on political and social issues.

Talking about current events and their political undertones used to be something I enjoyed, but in the current political climate, it might be better to keep political views private in left leaning spaces.