EVERYDAY HOMOPHOBIA -HOW TO DEAL WITH IT
There has been an increased level of resistance to homosexuality in the society recently. Doubtlessly it’s getting harder to deal with homophobia. Daily gay people are targeted for abuse for their sexuality by ignorant people. Most of them are young people with minimal experience in life.
Dealing with homophobia is something that we as homosexuals have got to learn. An inability to do so could lead to serious situations such as depression.
So how can men and women, boys and girls – regardless of sexuality – deal with homophobia in the society around them?
Our research suggested that homophobic behavior is more common among young teens than it is among adults. A significant number of teens between the ages of 14-17 attested to the fact that they found it very uncomfortable to be around people that are attracted to the same sex. Among these teens, most of them admitted that they had, at some point, witnessed a person being bullied by other people because of their sexuality.
Among young adults, we realized that the most common causes of actions resulting from homophobia occur within their schools, workplaces or in the glare of the public. For this reason, we have focused our thoughts on dealing with homophobia at these three levels.
While homophobia is not restricted to these places alone, they are the places that are most common for the average individual to be at regularly. Meaning that they are the most likely places for a scenario requiring a person to deal with homophobia to occur.
First of all, let’s take a look at how the society can deal with homophobia at schools.