Before you click away or decide to report this, I suggest you read this in full, take it all in, and judge it based on that. I will not give a single, solitary trigger warning, because I respect the fact that you're an adult and that you can take adult issues in a mature way, that you can face them properly, thicken the skin, and walk away with an experience or two.
So let's get to the point.
I am talking directly to you, new Deviant on my feed or in my comments. Directly.To.You.
I really do not care that you're gay. I have zero interest in who you love, who you like, who you want to be with, etc. Zero interest. I just don't care, and I don't expect you to care about who I love.
I really do not care that you are black. Your skin color is your skin color, mine is mine. I really do not give a single thought about what shade you are, how dark or light your skin is, anything. I really do not care.
I really do not care if you have any disability. It's unfortunate, it always is, but it's your business, just like my shortcomings are mine. I do not care for what you lack in body and mind, nor do I want you do care for what anyone else lacks. I just don't care.
I do not care for any gender you choose, either male, female, or the dozens of fictional ones. Call yourself whatever you want, and I'll call myself whatever I want. Other than that, I just don't care.
And why must I stress that I don't care? Because I am rather bored with reading bios and descriptions that list about fifty of these factoids before giving me anything substantial. Because there are too many "genderqueer pansexual ABDL otherkin ze/zir/zim borderline autistic" people that constantly either send me llamas, like my stuff, comment on forums, etc.
Now read THIS PART HERE, because this part is the crux of the issue. I do not care for Oscar Wilde or Walt Whitman because they like to sleep with men. I do not care for Thelonius Monk because he is black. I do not care for Stephen Hawking because he was in a wheelchair, nor do I give a damn about Blaire White because she used to be a he.
WHAT I CARE ABOUT is very simple. I care for Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman because they are masters of the written word. I care for Thelonius Monk because his music continues to fascinate me. I care for Stephen Hawking because of his contribution to the world of science. And the same applies here - I do not give a damn what you identify as. I give a damn if you're a good artist. I want to see your merit first hand.
That is why I have furry art, nudes of both gender, written works of the LGBT folks, etc. in my favorites folder. Because I loved the art presented.
And this is why I am speaking directly to you, Deviant who is reading this. If you want my respect, you will not earn it for physical attributes that you cannot really change. You will earn my respect if your art is good, if you have a skillset that crushes the competition, i.e. if you're damn good.
I do not hate you, mainly because I would have to know you to either love or hate you. And it is precisely because this might be misconstrued as hatred that this post is here, in politics, and is this long. I just want you to know this going forward, because that's how the world out there will judge you. Actual hatred exists, of course, but the people that practice it openly and regularly are few and far between. My honest advice to you is not to focus on that part of your bio - race, gender, sexuality, ableness, etc. - but rather on your art skills. Hone them, work on them, and become the single greatest artist the world has ever know.
In the meantime, I will still not care that you are gay. I will, however, care plenty for that painting of yours, to the point of actually buying it and hanging it on my bedroom wall.