LGBT people have been misunderstood for generations. It's our job to put an end to these negative stereotypes.
1. "It's just a phase."
Do most "phases" end in marriage?
2. "Pick a side!"
Bisexuality and pansexuality are real and valid sexualities. Telling someone to "pick a side" is like telling someone they can't date a guy with blond hair after dating a brunette.
3. "Transgender women are just confused gay men" and vice versa.
Gender and sexuality are two very different things. Sometimes they relate, other times they don't. You shouldn't just go around making assumptions.
4. "You just want to be more like her, you aren't actually attracted to her."
You can't tell someone how they're feeling, only they can know for sure.
5. "You're just making this up for attention."
As much as they may love attention, it is much easier to be straight than to be gay. It isn't a choice. Homophobia is real and rampant, and nobody would choose to be faced with prejudice.
6. "He can't be gay, he doesn't have 'the voice'" and vice versa.
Just because there are similarities between some people in a certain group, doesn't mean that everyone will have that quality.
7. "Two men/two women could never raise a child together."
It doesn't matter if a child has one mother, one father, a mother and a mother, two fathers, two mothers, or any other arrangement of caregivers. Anyone can raise a child with enough love and devotion.
8. "They can't fall in love, it's just a sexual thing."
Two women or two men can fall in love just as easily as a man and a woman can.
9. "It's unnatural."
Then why are there so many homosexual animals seen in nature? Bears, cats, chimpanzees, ducks, dogs, and elephants among many other animals have been witnessed displaying homosexual behaviors in their natural environments. Can it get more natural than that?
10. Last but not least, stop referring to LGBT people as "those people".
People are people, regardless of their sexualities, and you should treat them the way that you'd want to be treated.
Our differences should bring us together, not split us apart.