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Homophobia is the active targeting of lesbians and gay men based on ignorance, fear and prejudice. It is rooted in simplistic and stereotypical views of what people from the LGBT community are. It can take the form of verbal abuse, physical violence, or attacks in the press or media. It humiliates, degrades, intimidates, insults, excludes, silences or harms us on the basis of our actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

Homo: a group (genus) of primates that includes modern humans (Homo sapiens)
Phobia: an overwhelming and unreasonable fear of a person, object or situation that poses little real danger but provokes anxiety and avoidance.

The term homophobia was coined in the late 1960s by psychologist George Weinberg. Weinberg used homophobia to label heterosexuals' dread of being in close quarters with homosexuals as well as homosexuals' self loathing. The word first appeared in print in 1969 and was subsequently discussed at length in Weinberg's 1972 book, Society and the Healthy Homosexual

This is how homophobia feels in 2018 | The Social BBC Scotland | 9 Apr 2018 | 4m 17s
Two men hold hands in a public place, but even in 2018, something’s not quite right. Time For Love explores homophobia in modern society, and also the concept of normality. Do the pressures of convention turn us against one another? Is love the price?

I'm not homophobic but ... | Greg and Mitch | 13 Sep 2017 | 3m 33s

Homophobia | Wikipedia
International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia | 17 May

What is a hate crime Stonewall | 2015
What is a hate crime | 2016
How to report hate crime: 10 reasons why you really should Stonewall | 2014
Online reporting | Galop | 2016
Report LGB&T Hate Crime Stop Hate UK | 2016
Hate crimes and hate incidents Stonewall for the Equalities and Human Rights Commission | 2009
Homophobic Hate Crime: The Gay British Crime Survey Stonewall | 2013

Stonewall Anti Bullying | Stonewall 24 Feb 2014 | 4m39s
Football Against Homophobia | Dulwich Hamlet | 4m51s
Shh! Silence Helps Homophobia | LGBT Youth Scotland | 7m02s

Stand Up! – Don’t Stand for Homophobic Bullying | BeLonGTo, Ireland | 4m24s
Stand Up at Work! | BeLonGTo, Ireland | 7m20s 
Against Homophobia | Stand Out, Australia | 5m25s 
No to homophobia | ALSO, Australia | 1m05s

Writing about this here isn't easy...

Writing about this here isn't easy for us, especially if think you might be gay or are thinking about coming out. Equally, it would be wrong to sugar-coat something when the truth is that not everybody likes us. And they can be pretty mean about us!

Without losing sight of the extraordinary strides made though civil partnerships, gay marriage and the Equality Act 2010, scratch the surface and homophobia is alive and well in the UK, some might say rife, once you leave the relative 'safety' of larger UK cities.

This doesn't mean you shouldn't come out, but just because your favourite celeb is out, and guys on YouTube say it's OK to be gay, doesn't necessarily make your journey easier. Most gay men understand what it is like to be discriminated against because of their sexuality. We grow up in a world where heterosexuality is the assumed norm and anything different is often considered unnatural or perverted. Even when friends and families give us love and support, we are usually aware of others who don’t or won’t.

Outside the UK the EU LGBT Survey 2013 makes for worrying reading. Further afield, Russia continues to crack down on homosexuality, Isis perpetuate murderous punishments for people who are gay, and there over 70 countries around the world where homosexuality is illegal.

78 countries where homosexuality is illegal Erasing 76 Crimes blog (Jan 2015)
Isis fighters throw another 'gay' man off a tower and stone him to death when he survives fall The Independent | 4 Mar 2015
Russia's new crackdown on human rights Amnesty International UK (Jan 2014)
EU LGBT survey: Poll on homophobia sparks concern BBC News (2013)
Holding hands with another man in public has made me realise how naïve I've been about homophobia in the UK The Independent, Iain Lee (2015)
Gay in Britain: Lesbian, gay and bisexual people's experiences and expectations of discrimination Stonewall (2013)
The Hate Crime Report: Homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in London GALOP (2013)
Homophobic Hate Crime Stonewall (2013)
How to report hate crime: 10 reasons why you really should Stonewall (2014)
History of violence against LGBT people in the United Kingdom Wikipedia

Drag queen and gay rights activist Panti Bliss (aka Rory O'Neill) gave a barnstorming performance at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin at an event to protest at the treatment of debate around homophobia on Radio and Television of Ireland (RTE). Panti Bliss, Ireland [Abbey Theatre] 2 Feb 2014 | 10m47s


Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline | 0300 330 0630 | 10am - 11pmHomophobia Support
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Young Stonewall
ChildLine | 0800 1111 (up to 19yrs)

R U Coming Out

Gay men share their first experience of homophobia | Pink News | 27 Feb 2019 | 5m 6s

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