Homophobia is the word used to describe hatred or fear of
lesbian, gay and bisexual people. People who express their hatred
for lesbian, gay and bisexual people, who are violent towards them
or who harass them, just because they are lesbian, gay or
bisexual can be called 'homophobic'.
If as a lesbian, gay or bisexual person you hear negative views
when you are growing up, and perhaps even in your adult life, it
can leave you feeling frightened or confused about who you are.
Hearing negative views and experiencing fear or hatred can leave
you feeling low and anxious.
Homophobia can also result in violence or threats of
violence. It is against the law to discriminate,
harass or be violent towards someone because of their
sexual orientation. Lesbian, gay and bisexual people who
have experienced this can get help.
Homophobic crime is a form of hate crime. It can be
reported to Strathclyde
Police via their website.
You can also call Strathclyde Gay and Lesbian Switchboard staff
who are all trained to listen to your experiences and help you
decide what to do next. Check out their listing under help and
support. Or access their website on http://www.sgls.co.uk/