As a gay white man who has dealt with discrimination all of my life,
I sort of understand how black and brown people feel.
Only in the most limited way can you understand. The black or brown person, similar to other skin color, is judged by people the second they are seen. As a gay man (if you are Caucasian), you can go places and sit in a restaurant or park without a preconceived notion of who or what you are.
(Unless you wear a sign that tells everyone your sexuality)
And for the record, I am gay.
I grew up in a middle class family...
I don't know what this has to do with your being gay.
What does social privilege mean to you?
It's a label. Some use it to parade around flaunting their so-called stature in life and the world, others live more humbly and work to better themselves.
Bottom line is everyone comes into the world and later leaves. What a person does in between is in most cases of their own choosing, when it comes to how they interact with others and view and treat themselves.
And what does the matter of gay discriminatory practice have to do with this? There are many men and women who are homosexual and in the mix of the "upper crust and elite". Stop letting their starting point or yours be the definition of who you are and who you can be. Even the person up at the top often comes from dirt-poor humble beginnings.