Definition of HOMOPHOBIA
: irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals
Mankind has always been afraid of anything that it hasn’t understood. Plato was ostracized because of his philosophy. Galileo was scorned because of his mathematical and astronomical beliefs. It took Columbus returning to Spain before people believed that the world wasn’t flat.
I believe that we live in a time where the average person is too lazy to think for themselves. It is much easier to believe what you are told by someone in authority rather than to take the time to research, study and form their own opinions. It is part of the herd mentality that often has mankind figuratively running of the cliff of life and drowning like lemmings.
Acceptance of gays and lesbians has never been higher, but anti-gay bias continues to exist. One of the biggest problems facing GLBT people today is the true lack of a GLBT Community. Yes you hear about community but when you honestly look at it, we are a house divided. Gays dislike lesbians, transsexuals are shunned, transvestites are primarily for entertainment and not taken seriously, the list goes on. We need to put aside these petty differences and embrace the individuality of GLBT people and honestly form a cohesive community built on accepting our diverse natures or we are no more evolved than the herd. We and our heterosexual friends are tasked with the job of educating the masses concerning the truth of homosexuality and debunking the wild myths but again we need a community that is on the same page.
The denial of equal civil rights to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people lead to limitations on the rights of all. People that have been most oppressive to homosexuals have also oppressed people on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, and class. If GLBT people can be targeted for discrimination, any other group in the society can also be targeted. We may have come a long way but it will not take much to set us back decades. If we truly believe in acceptance and individual rights, then we will value all people and the differences between them which contribute so much to our diverse society.
Written by Don