The LGBT+ community unfortunately still faces occasional verbal and physical violence, but raising awareness of what biphobia, homophobia, and transphobia is can help those who suffer from prejudice.
It’s the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, which helps raise awareness of LGBTQA+ rights around the world.
Each year, the LGBTQA+ community continues to make strides toward greater tolerance, inclusion, and diversity in society.
However, there is still homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
Some of these terms may be familiar and some may not, but all of them can cause real suffering and emotional pain in people.
Understanding these sexualities can help to understand what leads to the forms they can take and how to challenge them.
What is homophobia?
Homophobia is dislike or prejudice towards homosexuals.
It encompasses a variety of negative attitudes and feelings towards homosexuality or people perceived as gay or lesbian. Homophobic abuse also includes violence.
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The forms this can take range from joking to harsh comments, such as:
Jokes like “that’s so gay”
Suppose people are straight when you meet them
Suggesting that LGBTQA+ people are sexually “deviant”.
What is biphobia?
Biphobia is dislike or prejudice towards bisexual people.
One of the most common forms of biphobia is a refusal to recognize bisexuality as a true sexual orientation.
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It can also include negative stereotypes and other forms of hate, such as:
Saying to someone who has come out as bisexual, “It’s just a phase.”
Saying “you’re just too embarrassed to say you’re gay”
Saying “You can’t be bisexual ’cause you only date one gender”
What is transphobia?
Transphobia is dislike or prejudice towards transsexual or transgender people.
This can take the form of negative attitudes or feelings towards the trans community or negative actions towards its members.
Deliberately mis-gendering people is one of the simplest forms of transphobia, but it also takes forms like:
The denial of services to a trans person that is appropriate to their gender identity
Claiming that a trans man/woman is not a “real” woman
Saying “You don’t look trans” to a trans person as an intended compliment.
If you suffer from any of the above, contact the LGBTQA+ organization stonewall.org.uk can be supportive.
They also have a hotline which is open from 9:30am to 4:30pm on 08000 50 20 20