What is Homophobia?
Homophobia is an irrational hatred and it thrives on diversity.
It can show itself in countless ways, but in its most destructive form, homophobia can bruise, beat and even kill lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people.
Although laws have changed, many people's attitudes haven't. Homophobia still exists mainly due to ignorance, but also due to hatred.
LGB people can feel intimidated and under threat in many situations that may seem normal to heterosexual people, such as getting on the bus, going to school, or simply walking along the street.
This leads to many LGB people becoming withdrawn and developing life long problems with anxiety and confidence.
One in five lesbian and gay people have experienced a homophobic hate crime or incident. *
75% of lesbian and gay people experiencing hate crimes or incidents did not report them to the police. *
Despite major shifts in public opinion of sexual orientation, LGB people are still being bruised, beaten or killed just because of who they are and who they choose to love.
We hope that this guide will not only help you challenge homophobia whenever it happens but also encourage you to join the movement to say Enough is Enough! Now is the time for us all to take Action against Homophobia.
You can find out more about how to get involved at: www.lgf.org.uk/enough
*according to a recent report by Stonewall.