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Former NBA player speaks up about LGBTQ+ community: “It’s the most unfair group walking the planet”

Gilbert Arenas, a retired NBA player, recently spoke candidly about societal norms and the unfairness faced by the LGBTQ+ community. 

He emphasized that this community is “the most unfair group walking on the planet right now,” according to a report from RadarOnline.com

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Arenas emphasizes challenges in communicating with LGBTQ people

In an interview, Arenas highlighted the difficulty that many people outside the LGBTQ+ community face. 

He said individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ often assume others understand their experiences and preferences, thereby judging them based on standards they do not comprehend.

Arenas spotlight misunderstanding of LGBTQ+ community toward outsiders

“They have a playbook that they are only playing by, that they can only see,” Arenas shared with VladTV. “Nobody else gets to see this playbook, but we’re being judged by everything that’s in this playbook, but we don’t know it.”

Arenas, a notable player for the Washington Wizards, also expressed his concern about misunderstanding within the community. 

He believes some community members quickly misunderstand those unfamiliar with proper terminology or pronouns.

Arenas laments the lack of open dialogue on language, behavior in sports

Before his 2013 retirement, Arenas played for the Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies, and Shanghai Sharks in China. He observed a lack of open dialogue about appropriate language and behavior during his career.

“There’s no open dialogue about what is appropriate and what’s not,” Arenas lamented.

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Arenas highlights confusion surrounding gendered language, pronouns

He brought attention to the simple confusion over gendered phrases such as ‘he,’ ‘she,’ ‘it,’ and ‘they.’ 

Arenas expressed his frustration saying, “We don’t know. How do we know? You’re making it up as you go, and it’s not like there’s this dictionary of updates.”

Arenas expresses concern over LGBTQ+ ‘cancel culture’

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Arenas voiced his concerns over cancel culture and its implications, saying that many people are still learning about the LGBTQ+ community. 

He started engaging in a disagreement with someone from this community can be disastrous for one’s career and reputation.

Arenas questions double standard in LGBTQ+ conversations

“They can technically make a straight man gay by saying ‘you look like a gay guy,’ … which is technically offensive to a straight man,” he argued, emphasizing the need for an equal playing field. 

“Soon as I say something back that’s gay, I’m canceled now.”

LGBTQ+ advocates respond to Arenas, call for more ‘robust education’

In response to Arenas’s comments, LGBTQ+ advocates suggest more robust education. 

According to a 2023 GLAAD report, only 20% of Americans know the appropriate pronouns for transgender or non-binary individuals. 

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Report underscores education’s role in LGBTQ+ inclusivity

The same report indicates that misunderstandings often stem from a lack of exposure and education rather than ill intent. 

“Frequent and open dialogues on gender identities, pronouns, and respect for individual self-identification are integral to fostering inclusivity,” the report suggests. 

This research supports Arenas’s point about the importance of open dialogue and education.

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