Homophobia at home
For a young person questioning their sexuality, it’s important that they see parents or carers being sensitive to issues of sexuality.
Left unchallenged, homophobia can spread. If impressionable minds see homophobia being ignored by parents or carers, they’ll think it’s acceptable and carry on.
Homophobia can infiltrate our homes through social networking too. Often homophobic bullies use these online spaces to spread rumours about someone or exclude them.
For an LGB couple sharing a home, they can also be the target of homophobic hatred. These couples may find their home is the target of vandalism, or malicious gossip and rumours. If this has happened to you, or you know its happening, REPORT IT!
What can be done about it
If you’re a parent and you hear your child using homophobic language, ask them to think about how they might feel if they were in the position of being different in some way and were being called names or bullied because of it.
Challenging and responding to homophobia is the only way we can stop this hatred damaging our friends, our families, and our loved ones. The fight against homophobia can start at home.
If you’re the victim of homophobia in your home from neighbours, report this immediately to the police.
If you are finding life difficult at home because your family don’t accept you, or you are afraid of what might happen if you tell them, call The Lesbian & Gay Foundation on 0845 3 30 30 30.