unreasoning 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.
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'.
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