This is one of those arguments that it feels pointless to engage in, but just to show where I stand here, I might as well state what I think about this.
Linguistically, if you’re going to use the societal privilege framework most closely associated with commentary on White supremacy (and originating within Critical Race Theory, if I’m not mistaken), I think you have an obligation to make sure that what you’re discussing is a distinct axis of oppression (i.e. race, gender, dis/ability) — but maybe that’s a discussion for another time.
On to these points:
1. “Monosexual privilege means no one will question the validity of your sexuality.” …Uh. No? Gay people do get the validity of their sexuality questioned, all the time. Where have you been?
2. “Monosexual privilege means you will always find positive media representations of you.” Always? Really?
3. “Monosexual privilege means, if you are cisgender and gay, you are less likely to suffer from serious health issues.” But the link given doesn’t say that. It’s a report by Rice News on a study done at Rice consisting of survey data in which bisexual respondents were more likely to self-report “poor or fair” health, compared to gay respondents. At least, that’s the part I assume that statement was referring to. I looked up the study in question, and the original abstract says that gay respondents actually reported better health than heterosexual respondents, so unless we’re going to take this as evidence that gay people are privileged over straight people, I wouldn’t regard this as proof of anything.
4. The link for this statement leads to a 40+ document and I’m not reading all that. This phrasing is raising questions for me, though. Numbers three through five in this list qualify the definition of monosexual privilege with “if you are cisgender and gay” [notably, not “if you are cigender and monosexual,” which I assume has to have been intentional] — so does that mean monosexual trans people don’t have monosexual privilege?
5. The study linked this time is arguing that LGBTQ students are at greater risk than cishet students, with bisexual students facing the highest risk. I’m no statistician, but it looks like their stats would show transgender students are the least suicidal of all LGBTQ students (?), and I’m not sure how significant the gap between bisexual and gay students should be viewed as, especially in light of that.
Also, the claim in the Queereka post is “Monosexual privilege means, if you are cisgender and gay, you are less likely to attempt suicide than bisexuals” and not “less likely to attempt suicide than cisgender bisexuals,” so are we to take that to mean all bisexuals (including trans bisexuals) were the basis of comparison? Seems like a case of failing to control for all variables, if so.
Anyway, that’s the extent of claims and evidence that Trav Memone gives me, before proceeding to this conclusion:
We live in a complex world where we both benefit and suffer from different power structures, and we need to recognize this. We all have parts to play in each other’s liberation, and that includes confronting our own privileges. It’s never comfortable, but part of bringing down social hierarchies is acknowledging how we’ve been contributing to these hierarchies.
This is something you’d say to a straight person about their being straight, not to a gay person about their being gay.
Fellow not-straight-nor-gay people, I need you to quit trying to apply this framework to explain any discrepancy in the way gay and bi people are regarded. Different non-heterosexual demographics are going to be targeted by heterosexism in different ways, and that difference does not constitute what I understand to be a “privilege.”