5 Stigmas 😬 That Are Gone 👋 or Disappearing ...

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Back during the 2008 election, former President Obama ran on change. That was cool, support him or not.

But what about the real change that took place right under our noses? I am referring to change in the power of stigmas. There was a stigma about being gay, online dating, being a nerd, having a mental illness, and yes, having a big butt!

Let’s break them down.

1. Being Gay (LGBTQ) Stigma

Remember back in the 90s watching the Jerry Springer talk show? Some guy would confess on stage that he was cheating on his fiancée. The crowd would go nuts. Then Jerry would call the mistress out from backstage. Bam! It was always another guy! That’s right, some dude engaged to a woman and sleeping with a man! Then the fistfight would break out! Back then, being gay was a big deal and all the years leading up to it. Then something shifted. The shock got to be routine. Soon, Ellen DeGeneres came out. There was hysteria but it soon passed. After that, everyone and their mother started coming out. From celebrities to old classmates to church pastors. Some, against their will and some not.

The U.S. military’s “Don’t ask don’t tell policy” ended in 2011. Today, “RuPaul's Drag Race” is one of the most popular shows on TV. It features many gay, cross-dressing performers. Now people yawn when somebody comes out. In 2015, same sex marriage became a nationwide right in the United States. Many still weren’t happy, but many opponents have also moved on. So, has the strength of the stigma.

Being a Nerd Stigma