In the time when love is love no matter who you are or who you like, it's important to remember that people are people and the more open minded everyone is, the better the world turns! These are the reasons by being homophobic ain't cool... DUH! We Hate Haters
We can't really choose who we fall in love with. It's the way the cookie crumbles, y'know? In Australia, 35 per cent of people over the age of 14 say they think homosexuality is 'immoral'. WHUUUTTT? While a massive 85 per cent of LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay bisexual, trans, intersex and queer) have experienced homophobic violence. When it comes to teenagers who are same-sex attracted, more than you think have ben victims of homophobic verbal abuse and 18 per cent have suffered physical abuse. Who even does that? What will get you is that MOST of this uncoolness happens at school.
The first step to fighting homophobia is being able to spot it. While sometimes is obvs, sometime it isn't and can come in many forms. Physical, verbal, slurs, violence, etc. sometimes it's too hard to even realise and you might even be responsible! (Maybe avoid saying stuff like "that's so gay"). Robert Knapman, lesbian and gay anti-violence project coordinator for ACON explains that people doing things like using the word 'gay' to describe something they don't like is actually being homophobic even if you don't mean it to be. Choose your words wisely! It's Deadly Serious
Each year there is an estimated 2,000 self-inflicted deaths per year by LGBTIQ people because of the way they feel about or interpret their sexuality. "When a young person is told that their sexuality is wrong and they're made to feel a though it's shameful, bad or sinful, they can internalise that homophobia and begin to hate or reject parts of themselves and eat-up their own sense of identity and self-esteem," said Robert. Remember to be kind and treat everyone with respect as you never know what's going on.
– James Banham