After recent discussions with friends and postings on public fora, I wanted to put together a page to define what homophobia is.
First, here is what the official dictionary’s say.
noun – an extreme and irrational aversion to homosexuality and homosexuals.
noun – irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals.
noun – Fear of or contempt for lesbians and gay men. 2. Behavior based on such a feeling.
Homophobia is the irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals. It can also mean hatred, hostility, disapproval of, or prejudice towards homosexual people, sexual behavior, or cultures, and is generally used to insinuate bigotry. The term homophobic means “prejudiced against homosexual people,” and a person who is considered homophobic is sometimes called a homophobe. Critics of the term “homophobia” consider non-medical usage of the term to be controversial.