If you're a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, you know those questions. The ones that seem innocuous or curious to those on the outside, but are part of a larger, cultural movement towards the "othering" of minority groups. 

We get these questions all the time, and when one professor of a human sexuality course turned the tables on the heterosexuals in the class, a student's tweet about it went viral.


During a class about early research into sexualities, the professor included a slide titled "Questions for Heterosexuals in the Class."

Questions included: "When did you decide you were a heterosexual?" and "Have you considered therapy to change your heterosexual tendencies?" 

Familiar refrains to some, but these are inquiries most heterosexuals have probably never had to answer. 

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Awkward? Well, yeah, but that was the point. 

By exposing straight students to the sort of awkward questions queer students are constantly asked, it opens their eyes to issues. 

It's not like they were ignoring the problem, though. It's just that it never occurs to many heterosexual people that there's even a problem to begin with. 


The questionnaire isn't new. In fact, the professor's slide was only a small portion.

The Heterosexual Questionnaire dates back to the 1970s, and it attributed to Dr. Martin Rochlin, Ph.D. 

The original survey contains 16 questions meant to allow heterosexuals to experience the kind of unfair, irrational questions LGBTQIA+ people get every day. 

Is a survey like this going to solve the cultural problems it illustrates? Of course not.

But if it opens the eyes of some straight people to a view of the world they hadn't even considered, it can be just another step in improving things for everyone. 

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By allowing people to experience the world in the same way someone else does, even in a small way, it can help change the world for the better. 

That's why diversity — not just of sexuality or ethnicity, but also of thought — is so important. We learn from each other's experiences. 

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