Homophobia

Homophobia

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An irrational fear or hatred of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and others from the LGBTTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirit, trans and queer) spectrum. It may be expressed in overt or covert ways, ranging from subtle forms of behaviour to outright violence.

What Homophobia looks like

  • Making derogatory comments, insults, slurs, jokes or threats about sexual orientation.
  • Feeling repulsed by displays of affection between same-sex couples.
  • Rejecting friends or family members because of their sexual orientation.
  • Being afraid of social or physical interaction with persons who are LGBTTQ+.

5 Ways to Combat Homophobia

1

Challenge

Challenge homophobic jokes and behaviour from colleagues, friends and family members and give constructive suggestions for change.

2

Model Anti-Homophobic Behaviour

Stop assuming that everyone is attracted to the opposite sex and don’t bully others for non-traditional gender behaviour.

3

Develop Respectful Language

Don't use slang terms like 'fag' or 'dyke' and use inclusive terms like 'partner' or 'significant other' to refer to someone you are involved with.

4

Educate

Learn about and discuss LGBTTQ+ issues and talk about homophobia with family, friends and colleagues.

5

Support

Support the confidentiality of people who ‘come out’ to you and learn about resources for the LGBTTQ+ community so you can refer people who need support.