Earlier this week, Twitter users criticized Tariq Nasheed for posting a viral video of a Holiday Inn employee being berated by a customer.
The employee, Caleb. C., is seen beating himself up after a customer berated him over a reservation error.
Caleb later wrote a Reddit post explaining that he suffered from bipolar disorder and schizoaffective disorder. He also revealed he was in a same-sex relationship.
Studies over the years have revealed a strong link between homosexuality and autism.
One recent online survey of 309 individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) reveled nearly 70% of the respondents were LGBT+.
Research suggests that individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) report increased homosexuality, bisexuality, and asexuality, but decreased heterosexuality.
Caleb didn't include autism syndrome as one of his mental disorders. However, most homosexuals with high functioning autism are never diagnosed.
Why is the link between homosexuality and autism important?
The link is important because Caleb should have been at home collecting disability payments rather than working the night shift where he is subjected to abuse.
In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association (ASA) voted to remove homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses. As a result, people like Caleb, who are autistic and suffer from other mental disorders, can't apply for disability payments.
Most people who viewed the video of Caleb's meltdown agree that he shouldn't have been working a front desk job -- even though he was working the overnight shift.
He beat himself up -- first with his fist and then with a computer monitor -- because lacked the coping skills to withstand the harassment from the customer.
A GofundMe account created for Caleb has raised $130,000. But it's clear that he can't work a public-facing job again.
If you are LGBT+ and have ever wondered "Am I autistic?", the following signs and symptoms may apply to you:
1. Socially awkward
2. Hyper sensitive to bright lights or certain noises (loud music)
3. Depression or anxiety
4. Drawn to repetitive actions or behaviors
5. Easily upset when told to stop a task in the middle
6. Can't handle even a minor change
7. Prefer to be alone
8. Common phrases confuse you ("No man is an island")
9. You don't recognize sarcasm
10. You repeat words or phrases during conversations
11. You are intensely focused on specific interests (gaming, social media, etc.)
12. Have an exceptional talent (art, music, writing, etc.)
13. Have a tough time interacting with others
14. You're lactose intolerant
15. You sometimes stare without realizing it (someone tells you you're staring)