While I haven’t really felt personally tokenized, I know this to be a problem for people in the queer community.  I often see this discussed within social groups.  Sometimes, the only LGBTQ-identifying person in a social group will be subtly stereotyped by the people around them.  They become the “token gay” within a group that has a narrow definition of queerness, and the group may hold this person up to certain expectations that are exaggerated and unrealistic.  One example is expecting gay men to be feminine, and gay women to be masculine.  While these traits may exist in some people, there are large numbers of queer people who exist outside this definition.  It is unfair to limit people with inaccurate stereotypes like these, when people in reality are much more complex and diverse, and no single person can be expected to represent their group as a whole.


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