They exist in every sense of community today and unfortunately they can be too harmful as they will ever be helpful. I am making this thread because I feel that one thing that we go through every day is when people make stereotypes of each other and it just completely mismatches the person that it is associated with. The two stereotypes that I hate the most is the stereotype of hispanics and soccer and the LGBT community and the "rainbows". I am 100% Puerto Rican heritage and I do not have an inch inside me that has a deep admirable interest in soccer. I like American Football but soccer has never appealed to me as a person. As to the latter stereotype, I have known myself to be bisexual only for the past 3 months or so, and I feel that I am the complete opposite of what is typically pictured for gay people. I am somewhat open about my bisexuality, but I am not a spontaneously gay person as we can picture in our minds.
I think this is a topic that I believe that everybody in the forum can relate to or have related to at some point in their lives, and stereotypes are a difficult thing that many of us have to deal with each day. Some of them do make sense with my heritage and my fanship with the New York Yankees (in PR there are stores that only sell Yankees hats!). But some are harder to brace within and I feel that this can be a Mature topic and one that can bring support for those who need it.