“Are you two brothers?” “You’re all vegetarians, right?”
These are just two of the questions that people have been asked about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) relationships, as revealed in a new video.
LGBT rights charity Stonewall released the tongue-in-cheek video ahead of Valentine's Day, to highlight the fact that such relationships are the same as those between opposite-sex and cis gender people.
The minute-long clip features a handful of the charity’s staff members answering the question: “What's the most ridiculous thing you've been asked about LGBT relationships?”
“My wife and I have a 3-year-old and we often get asked, ‘which one of you is the dad?’” a staff member called Ruth says in the video.
“If there’s no penis involved, how do you have sex?” is the question flagged by a member of staff named Sarah.
LGBT rights across the globe
LGBT rights across the globe
Russia’s antipathy towards homosexuality has been well established following the efforts of human rights campaigners. However, while it is legal to be homosexual, LGBT couples are offered no protections from discrimination. They are also actively discriminated against by a 2013 law criminalising LGBT “propaganda” allowing the arrest of numerous Russian LGBT activists. (Picture: Riot police hold an LGBT activist during a Moscow rall.)
Men who are found having sex with other men face stoning, while lesbians can be imprisoned, under Sharia law. However, the state has not reportedly executed anyone for this ‘crime’ since 1987. (Picture: Chinguetti Mosque, Mauritania.)
3/7 Saudi Arabia
Homosexuality and transgender is illegal and punishable by the death penalty, imprisonment, corporal punishment, whipping and chemical castration. (Picture: The emblem of Saudi Arabia above the embassy in London.)
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The official position within the country is that there are no gays. LGBT inviduals, if discovered by the government, are likely to face intense pressure. Punishments range from flogging to the death penalty. (Picture: Yemen's southern port of Aden.)
Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is illegal and in some northern states punishable with death by stoning. This is not a policy enacted across the entire country, although there is a prevalent anti-LGBT agenda pushed by the government. In 2007 a Pew survey established that 97 per cent of the population felt that homosexuality should not be accepted. It is publishable by 14 years in prison. (Picture: The northern Nigerian town of Damasak.)
Homosexuality was established as a crime in 1888 and under new Somali Penal Code established in 1973 homosexual sex can be punishable by three years in prison. (Picture: Families use a boat to cross a flooded Shebelle River, in Jowhar.)
Although same-sex relationships have been decriminalised, much of the population still suffer from intense discrimination. Additionally, in some of the country over-run by the extremist organisation Isis, LGBT individuals can face death by stoning. (Picture: Purported Isis fighters in Iraq.)
Stonewall spokesman Matt Horwood told The Independent: "Valentine’s Day can be awkward at the best of times. And it can be that extra bit cringe for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, who often face questions on what makes their relationships different.
"While some of these questions can be amusing, and others lead to important conversations that create understanding, others are saddening and entangled in prejudice. Stonewall recognises the impact that these assumptions can have, and so some of us got together to shed a light on a range of these questions that they or their LGBT friends and family members have experienced."
"We hope this video will create awareness of the assumptions the lesbian, gay, bi and trans community often come up against."Reuse content