Yesterday, I was perusing through Buddy Bear's blog, One Step at a Time (which if you've never checked it out, you should), and came across his post, "10 Ways Homophobia Hurts Straight People.". I found this list he posted from the British Columbia Federation of Teachers to be very interesting. I would love to hear my readers opinions on this list.
- Homophobia forces all people to act "macho" if male or act "feminine" if female. This limits our individuality and expression.
- Homophobia puts pressure on straight people to act aggressively and angrily towards LGBTQ people.
- Homophobia makes it hard to be close friends with someone of the same sex.
- Homophobia often strains family and community relationships.
- Homophobia causes youth to become sexually active before they're ready in order to prove they are "normal." This contributes to an increase in unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
- Homophobia prevents vital information on sex and sexuality to be taught in schools. Without this information youth are putting themselves at greater risk for HIV, and other STDs.
- Homophobia can be used to hurt a straight person if they "appear to be gay."
- Homophobia makes it hard for straight people and LGBTQ people to be friends.
- Homophobia makes it hard to put an end to AIDS.
- Homophobia makes it hard to appreciate true diversity, and the unique traits that are the mainstream population.
So, what do you guys think?