homophobia

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homophobia

intense hatred or fear of homosexuals or homosexuality
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homophobia

the fear of HOMOSEXUALITY. Although there has been some suggestion that homophobia may exist as a personality trait, it is more fruitful to examine the social conditions under which homosexual behaviour is proscribed (in England and Wales this happened in 1885, when male homosexuality was criminalized), and becomes an organizing principle for particular roles, identities and subcultures (Weeks, 1977).
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This isn't the first time the school has been accused of anti-gay bias. Just a few years ago, in 2001, the British Columbia Human Rights Commission ruled that a Handworth student had been discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation.
McCallie testified against a proposal that is co-sponsored by Cunningham, a bill that looks like an attempt to write an anti-gay bias into state law.
(In a festival chock full of giant vaginas, some Jiffy Lubers sensed anti-gay bias behind the cops' crackdown.)
We still struggle with mixed results for inclusion in civil rights statutes, and for laws banning employment discrimination, recognizing same sex domestic partnerships, recognizing gay and lesbian parenting rights, and specifically targeting anti-gay bias crimes.
Since anti-gay bias is largely justified by citing religious or quasi-religious beliefs and has no rational basis in any substantive harm that homosexuality constitutes, public policy codifying this bias verges on a government establishment of religion.