why are people homophobic?

shanfan's picture

Doesnt everyone wish that people werent homophobic? Why arent there any pride festivals in my state?

jeff's picture

Err...

I think every state has some sort of pride festival.

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msquared's picture

If you want a good

If you want a good historical background of both homophobia and GLBT-friendly civilizations such as Greece, China, and Japan, read Homosexuality and Civilization by Louis Crompton. It's a must-read. History has answered a lot of my questions about why people are so homophobic today.

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demon32694's picture

Because their jerks and I

Because their jerks and I stay away from people like that if they don't like me they don't have to go around me the only thing im afraid of is someone killing me cause im transgender and a lesbian

ferrets's picture

becuase....

A. the church. B. ppl dont like stuff they cant understand, or is extremley differnt. C. ppl enjoy making fun of minoriteys

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tenmilestilts's picture

nicely summarized ferret.

nicely summarized ferret. couldn't'a sed it better myself.
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oldfoxbob's picture

Your all right!

The church ( religion in general ) teaches hate and not love of the homosexual. People were brought up to despise gay people as they were not "normal" and were taught that by the medical field. Which learned thru time that they were wrong.
Nature does not discriminate, nor does it allow intollarance of the others.
A lion will eat you regardless of you being gay or str8!!! And then it will eat those who discriminate against the gay or str8 people also...Think about that.

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random11's picture

Religion

It's so true. Religion is one of the main things against homosexuals. Take away religion and there is no argument against it.

fox333's picture

I am not so sure that

I am not so sure that religion caused it. I think that religion might just be an indicator of the popular beliefs of whenever. I mean some religions (really i just know about denominations of christianity but I think that I remeber someone telling me that some other religions were ok with it but I might be wrong so please correct me if I am) seem ok with gays. I think that people hate first then hide behind something that helps them rationalize their hate on the most part. Though there are definitly some who do hate gays because of religion.

tenmilestilts's picture

yeah that's totally it.

yeah that's totally it. like, people don't like people who are different, so they build their religion to persecute those people. and plus when homophobes quote the bible...quoting the bible is like quoting sarah palin. it directly contradicts itself sometimes. thats cuz it was translated by tons of different people in different time periods, and they all added their own ideas to it.
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ferrets's picture

not to metnion

that no languege can be translated perfectley into anothers. for all we know, the original hevrew textmught have approved of homosexaulity

if you riase the banner of scotland, you raise the banner of freedom!
~willam wallace

random11's picture

See I was debating with my

See I was debating with my mom about this actually and there is this book called a Concordance which takes the original language the bible was written in and gives you the proper meaning of words. Like the word Easter is mistaken for the word Passover. A popular mis-translated word that means something completely different.

ferrets's picture

*sigh*

why does everything i say have a loop hole?

two guys are talking. one is straight, one is gay. the straight one says" is there anyway i can turn you straight?" the gay one responds" of course, ill go straight as long as you turn gay!"

Abelle's picture

Some people just are. :/

Some people just are. :/ They're afraid of things they don't understand. I personally have nothing against people who are homophobic. It's just they way they were brought up... However, if a homophobe were ever to mistreat or disrespect someone who was different than they were, they would have to answer to me.

That being said, I have a friend who is homophobic and I love him to bits. c: Not all homophobes are bad people...

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ferrets's picture

awwwwww someone feels the same as me!

ppl can be homphobic. homphobia isnt an issue, its when homophobia exclates into calling ppl fags, saying they are sinful, hurting them, even going as far as KILLING them. because ppl are allowed to have there oppionens on it, its just when thos oppinions turn iinto herasment

if you riase the banner of scotland, you raise the banner of freedom!
~willam wallace