This is the official website for the Buckinghamshire Action
Against Homophobia and Transphobia group. Here you can find out about how to
report homophobic or transphobic abuse, see why you should report it,
find some support, and also find out about us, what we do, why we do it and ways
you can join.
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What Is Homophobia?
- Homophobia is the irrational hatred, intolerance, and fear of lesbian, gay
and bisexual (LGB) people.
- These negative feelings fuel the myths, stereotypes, and discrimination
that can lead to violence against LGB people.
- LGB people brought up in a homophobic society can often internalise these
negative stereotypes and develop varying degrees of low self-esteem and
self-hatred, often described as 'internalised 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’
internalised oppression. The word first appeared in print in 1969.
What Is Transphobia?
- Transphobia (by analogy with homophobia) refers to various kinds of
aversions towards transsexuality and transsexual or transgendered people.
- It often takes the form of refusal to accept a person's new gender
- Whether intentional or not, transphobia can have severe consequences for
the targeted person; also, many transpeople experience homophobia as well,
from people who associate gender identity disorder as a form of homosexuality.
- Like other forms of discrimination such as homophobia, the discriminatory
or intolerant behaviour can be direct (e.g. harassment, assault, or even
murder) or indirect (e.g. refusing to take steps to ensure that transgender
people are treated in the same way as cisgender (non-transgender) people.)
- Direct forms of transphobia can manifest themselves in ways that are not
related to violence. One example of this is the case of Tyra Hunter.
Ms. Hunter was involved in an automobile accident, and when rescue workers
discovered she was transgender, they backed away and stopped administering
treatment. She later died in hospital. Two other well-noted transsexual
victims were Brandon Teena and Gwen Araujo.