Hop Against Homophobia – Homophobia

ho·mo·pho·bia

noun \ˌhō-mə-ˈfō-bē-ə\

Definition of HOMOPHOBIA

: irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals

ho·mo·phobe\ˈhō-mə-ˌfōb\ noun

ho·mo·pho·bic\ˌhō-mə-ˈfō-bik\ adjective

    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

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11 Comments

  1. It’s still sad though, isn’t it, that there is any need for a GLBT community? I wonder if the day will ever come that we can all live side by side without passing judgement on our neighbors!

  2. I hope that one day we can erase that “H” word from the dictionary and instead of teaching our children what it is, and what hate is, focus on the love of people. If they don’t understand they need to and just be human.

    great posts!!

  3. Glad to see you are participating too!

  4. I tried to say something similar, but ended up going blue (as in cursing), as I always seem to. This was very well done. Thanks, Don.

  5. It will take us time and effort but I believe that we will see an end to homophobia in most places.

    Couldn’t leave you out on the playground alone Wade.

  6. One of the many reasons why I support the GLBT community is because I have seen a surge of legislation that is trying to limit my rights. I am a straight woman. If politicians are trying to say I’m not capable of making my own choices then what will be next? We all have to support one another because anyone who stands by and does nothing is just as guilty as the bigots.

  7. Until this hop I didn’t actually realise there was so much division within the GLBT community.

    Only by educating and standing together will things change for the better.

  8. Thanks for taking part and yes people are to fast to go with the flow instead of thinking for themselves. If they did take the time to think I bet they really would change their minds on the whole thing… well I can hope anyway.

  9. I made a realization just now that I still have over 150 blogs to read before tonight, and I’ll never make it at this rate – especially since my ex decided to drop the kids off super early – so I’m leaving a quick thank you for taking part. Then I’m reading the blogs at my lazure – without the time limit. I love reading these blogs. Each and every entry is amazing.

    Erica
    eripike at gmail dot com

  10. Thank you so much for taking part in this hop and offering folks so much information. I agree that change not only has to come from the outside world, but from ourselves as well. No matter if we identify as LGBTQ or not, we have to all come together with understanding and acceptance.

  11. Thanks for participating in the HOP.

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