Dealing with Discrimination & Homophobia 🙅♂️
Homophobia is a negative attitude about gay people. It’s still a big problem in some schools, sports groups, religions, cultures, families, and other spaces.
In many parts of the world, being a guy who’s into other guys is seen as bad, sick or abnormal. In Canada, some people still believe this too.
Some cultures, religions and upbringings have negative beliefs or messages about guys who like guys. This makes it harder to come out and be true to yourself. Many people even question if their religion or spirituality is right for them.
But in every religion and culture, there are gay, trans, queer, and other people who identify differently, who find a way to stick with their beliefs and traditions while also being true to themselves. 🌈✝☪🕉✡🌈
It can be helpful to connect with other people who are in similar situations like you. Talking online or in person to others can help you figure out how to deal with coming out in your culture or where you grew up.
We often face homophobia in our day-to-day life. When people use anti-gay insults, or treat you unfairly just because of your identity, that’s homophobia. If it happens to you, you may have to put your safety first and get out of the situation. Other times, if you’ll feel safe enough, you can call out that behaviour and explain to someone why that’s not cool.
If it’s at school, home, work, or public places, dealing with homophobia over and over can really wear you down. That’s why it can be helpful to talk to other people who have been through the same thing, or to someone you trust.
Homophobia is just one form of oppression and discrimination. 🙁
Each of us is affected by bad attitudes and inequalities in our society. This can be obvious, like using derogatory language or excluding a group of people. It can also be unspoken, such as certain folks having a harder time getting a job or being more likely to be stopped by police.
A lot of us have to deal with more than one “ism” or “phobia”, which can make things even more complicated.
Here are some other forms of discrimination people might face:
Racism is discrimination, inequality and violence against Black people, Indigenous people, and other people of colour.
Transphobia is discrimination against trans folks and folks who don’t conform to people’s limited ideas about gender.
Ableism is discrimination against people with disabilities, whether they are physical or mental disabilities.
HIV stigma/serophobia is discrimination based on people’s HIV status.
Misogyny/femmephobia refers to discrimination or violence against women and feminine people.
Looking for someone to talk to about homophobia or other forms of discrimination?
Try calling Youthline.