All kinds of homophobia have negative impacts on the gay community, particularly the kind that gays impose upon themselves.
No phobia is necessarily healthy.
They all have negative affects on the way that a person conducts their everyday life and thinks about life and themselves overall.
Phobias in general are typically exaggerated views and irrational fears.
Homophobia among straights may not be on the surface.
There are ways of disguising homophobia and making gays feel uncomfortable about them.
Withholding approval, offering negative criticism, and denying sympathy or affection are some of the ways that homophobes secretly display their fear or hatred for gays.
These actions or inactions cause pain, shame and uncomfortable self-loathing for some gays.
Bullying is a growing problem in the schools today.
Victims are often picked because they are “different”.
Unfortunately, lesbians, gay males, bisexual or transgender people are more likely to be victims of bullying.
This is called Homophobic bullying and is increasing common in schools today.
Homophobic bullying is defined as offensive or aggressive behavior driven by prejudice against lesbians, bisexual , those perceived to be lesbian, gay males, gay, bisexual or transgender people,.
If you are a victim or know someone that is a victim of Homophobic bullying you need to know what to do.
We’ve put together our top 6 tips, below:
What to do if you are a victim of homophobic bullying:
Tell Someone – No one can help you if they don’t know what is going on.
It doesn’t matter who you tell.
It can be a trusted adult which includes a teacher, parent, counselor, friend, etc.
Know Your School’s Policies – If you are not already familiar you’re your school’s bullying policies you should learn about your rights.
Your school has an obligation to safeguard you from bullying and harassment, regardless of your sexual orientation.
Don’t Fight – It may be your natural instinct to fight back but nothing positive will come out of doing so.
When fighting back you run the risk of getting physically hurt or make the situation worse.
If possible walk away from a situation and tell an adult or someone you trust
Keep Records – One of the most important pieces of advice is to keep records of everything.
Write down everything that pertains to the bullying incidents.
Record the date of the incident, time, location, who was involved and any other information that is important.
The more records you keep the better because it can eventually be used as evidence.
Don’t Have to Reveal Anything – If you are worried that by seeking help from your school or another adult it will reveal your sexual preference, you don’t have to worry.
Your sexual preference is your personal business and only has to be revealed if you want it to.
You do not have to deal with bullying on your own and should seek the help from an adult without worrying.
Seek Support – Check to see if there is a local group where you can meet people that have similar interests or issues.
Consider finding a gay-straight group or diversity club.