Today is International Day Against Homophobia
Posted by Caitie F on May 17, 2011
Which is all well and good. Getting rid of it would be a great thing. But what we really need to get rid of is the word homophobia.
It is an excuse. It lets people off the hook. How? It has the word phobia attached to it. A phobia is “a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it”
That is not what people mean when they say homophobic. They mean that someone hates gay people. They are not afraid of them, they just want to bring them down. And they don’t just avoid people who are gay and let them live their lives. No, they mock them, beat them up, and make them feel like crap about themselves everyday.
And it can’t be called irrational. That is when you don’t know why you are afraid of something. But we know exactly why some people hate gay people. They learned it from their friends and family. They learned it from entertainment all around them. They learned it from the policies (or lack thereof) in their government. They learned it from their churches who are too busy condemning gay people to hell to have any compassion.
This is NOT a phobia. It is simply hatred taught from an early age, just like racism.
What do we call it instead? I don;t know, but let’s stop adding the phobis part because it is just an excuse and a way to lessen the hatred.