What do people incorrectly assume about you?
I pride myself of living openly and as authentically as I’m capable. To that end, I’d like to think that people don’t really have to make assumptions about me.
I hope that people know where I stand on topics, even those that are considered controversial. I hope that people see me as approachable, that I eagerly welcome discussion, and that I’m not afraid to admit when I’m wrong.
Perhaps I’m thinking too deeply about this question. Maybe the answer isn’t as profound I’m trying to make it out to be.
Honestly, I think the most prevalent assumption people make about me is that I’m a man. And, oh boy, does that presumption show up most frequently when I walk into a women’s restroom!
When I was about 8 years old, I made the mistake of walking into the wrong public bathroom. Once. One lapse of focus. That’s all it took. The overpowering smell of urine clued me into my misstep even before I saw the wall of urinals. I made a promise to myself that day, that I would never, ever not pay attention again when nature called in public.
Before I open the door to a public bathroom, I double-check, no triple-check, the sign to make sure I’m going into the right place. So, I find it ironic when I get informed that, whoa, I’m in the women’s restroom.
No need to fear. Lesbians are women, too 😉