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Comedian Joe Lycett: LGBTIs have a problem with how they communicate issues

Comedian Joe Lycett: LGBTIs have a problem with how they communicate issues

Joe Lycett has said the LGBTI community has a responsibility with how it communicates issues online | Photo: BBC

Pansexual UK comedian Joe Lycett has said the LGBTI community has a ‘problem’ with the way it communicates issues.

He has called on people to be ‘compassionate’ when dealing with ignorant people online.

The Great British Sewing Bee presenter has people outside the LGBTI ‘bubble’ need to have issues explained to them in a compassionate way.

Lycett said: ‘I’m loathe to call it “my community” but I suppose it is as I am a member of it, can sometimes be guilty of expecting everyone to have done all of the reading and research that members of it have.

LGBTI people can be ‘too academic’ on issues

‘Because lots of LGBTQ people are really smart, and there’s so much really interesting reading that can be done, and so much academic writing that’s been done about it, people can end up getting quite academic about it.’

He said straight people ‘need to have it explained to them in a way that’s compassionate, and is understanding that there’s quite a lot to take in’

He added: ‘I did a tweet about LGBTQ+ and someone was saying “what’s the + and what’s the Q?” and some people would be like “you should educate yourself it’s disgusting, Google it”.

‘If I asked the question, they would answer it to me, so just try and treat people in the way I expect to be treated myself.

‘So I do think that’s been a problem in our community.’

Steps towards being an ally

LGBTI rights charity Stonewall said it’s great people want to use the ‘right language’.

‘Non-LGBT people who want to better support the community can start by learning about and listening to the experiences of LGBT people and the challenges we face.’

The group advised: ‘Getting to know more about LGBT people, our history and issues is an empowering step towards becoming an ally.

‘Only by working together with allies can we create a world where no one faces violence, harassment and discrimination just because of who they are.’