Ways to Reduce Fear and Hatred of Gay People
A few practical ways to reduce homophobia and violence against gay people include the following:
Use inclusive language. Instead of inquiring about a husband or wife, ask about a life partner or a significant other.
Refrain from telling jokes about gay people and interrupt people who are telling gay jokes.
Do not assume specific mannerisms or physical traits prove a person is gay.
When gay people are accused of flaunting who they are for public displays of affection, indicate straight people hold hands and kiss in public and nobody considers it to be flaunting their sexuality.
Understand enough about homosexuality to be able to combat false stereotypes. For example, know gay people are not pedophiles and do not prey on children.
Do not tolerate name calling in your presence.
Display a symbol at your work station or in your home, so gay people will know you are a safe person.
Keep an eye out for the safety of people you know are gay.
Write the editor of local newspapers encouraging acceptance of gay people.
Vote for political candidates that show concern for the rights and safety of gay people.
Write the leaders of church denominations asking that gay church members be given the same rights as straight church members.
Support legalization of gay marriage.
Purchase a positive book about homosexuality that you can loan to people.
Watch a TV program that has gay roles.
Support adoption by gay parents.
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