Homophobia is fear, hatred, mistrust, or discomfort in regards to people who are gay, lesbian, or bisexual. It can exist in many forms, including contempt, prejudice, aversion, or a general negative attitude towards people who either are or are perceived as LGBTQIA, and can result in things like harassment, job discrimination, or hate crimes. Homophobia is often rooted in fear or ignorance, and can also be tied to a person’s religious beliefs or the culture and belief system they grew up in. Individuals can also experience internalized homophobia, if they themselves experience same-sex attraction while simultaneously holding stigmas or prejudice against it. Even though persecution of LGBTQIA people is legal in many places around the world, there are many international human rights organizations that condemn any laws against homosexual relations between consenting adults as a violation of basic human rights.
We have inherited a world full of humans who have been healed and hurt by other humans. There was a time, in an age before this one, when ignorance was forgivable. But that time has passed. Now is not the time for the enlightened to sneer at the brutes. Sneering hurts people.
It’s hard enough coming out, but playing basketball for a nationally ranked school and trying to figure out your sexual identity in the closeted and paranoid world of big-time college sports—that’s a challenge.
On a daily basis, author and LGBTQ advocate Amber Cantorna receives emails asking the same question: How does one reconcile their sexuality with their faith? Depression, despair, and thoughts of suicide often haunt LGBTQ Christians as they feel unable to imagine the possibility of living a happy,...
In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change. Her prose is incisive, unflinching, and lyrical, reflecting struggle but ultimately offering messages of hope.