Private CensorshipThe right to free speech only protects you from government censorship. If a private entity silences you, they are not violating this right. But are they restricting your freedom of speech? Absolutely! Should they be allowed to? I think so, yes. But should they actually do it? Only with good reason. For example, if you're using your speech as a weapon to harass somebody or intentionally construct a hostile environment. But not just because what you're saying is controversial or unpopular (or somebody doesn't agree with it). Saying that only the government can censor you implies that it's not important for private entities also to respect the philosophical (as opposed to strictly legal) principle of free speech. Especially if they provide a popular platform for self-expression to the public. I would call this a civic responsibility. Because the idea that "if you can't say something here, you can just say it somewhere else" holds less and less water with the fewer places you
Live and Let LiveThe world I live in is not remotely like the world I want to live in. But my concern is not that I need everyone else in the world to think like I do in order to be happy. It's that there is so much stigma surrounding alternative lifestyles that many people who would otherwise be interested are discouraged from engaging in those lifestyles. As a result, it becomes much harder for me to even carve a little corner of the world in which to live the way I want to, surrounded by like-minded people. In other words, my problem isn't that other people don't think like me, it's that other people unlike me are so insistent that everybody else thinks like them. That isn't freedom. Why can't we just live and let live?