The following has been excerpted from Wipe Out Homophobia Facebook page
What is homophobia ?
ho·mo·pho·bi·a noun: Unreasoned fear of or antipathy toward homosexuals and homosexuality.
Homophobia is the irrational hatred, intolerance, and fear of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGBT) people.
These negative feelings fuel the myths, stereotypes, and discrimination that can lead to violence against LGBT people.
LGBT people brought up in a homophobic society can often internalize these negative stereotypes and develop varying degrees of low self-esteem and self-hatred, often described as 'internalized homophobia'.
The word homophobia was constructed by the heterosexual psychologist George Weinberg in the late 1960s. He used homophobia to label heterosexuals’ dread of being in close quarters with homosexuals as well as homosexuals’ internalized oppression. The word first appeared in print in 1969.
Uploaded on Feb 14, 2008
Street interviews conducted by Travis Nuckolls and Chris Baker in Colorado Springs prove that asking the right question can be more important than anything you can tell someone.