Introduction We live and are raised in a world where we are taught and influenced that traditional values are the normal and praised, and anyone that goes against them are considered wrong, sinful, or even immoral. Those that challenge the media and go against what society says is the normal are often targeted for bullying, discrimination, and even judged negatively. This is most prevalent for gays, lesbians and bisexuals that face criticism are degraded all because they prefer individuals of the same sex. Whether it is consciously or unconsciously our society has the tendency to have negative attitudes and prejudices against members of the LGBT community. There are many different ways LGBT members experience prejudice and unjust treatment.
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As a culture, we put so much pressure on our other to conform to a certain mold. Society seems to be forcing other people to try to measure up in all areas of life, even trying to tell them how to act and how not to act. Those gays and bisexual people living within communities where anti-gay sentiments are not only common, but also accepted, have, on average, a shorter life expectancy in comparison to their peers who are fortunate enough to live in more open-minded communities. A common way of hurting these homosexuals emotionally is through stereotype which then leads to low self-esteem. Homophobia can be used to stigmatize, silence, and, on occasion, target people who are perceived or defined by others as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, but who are in fact heterosexual.
Like other forms of prejudice, this discrimination is based on a hostile attitude toward a specific group and in this case minority. The current strides in the controversy of the legalization of the same sex marriage is a prime example of this discrimination. Sexual orientation prejudice has damaged the reputation and wellbeing of these individuals, and therefor overstepped the boundary between discrimination and downright hatred. Research has determined that the majority of stable homosexual adult couples are in committed and long lasting relationships. Assumptions have been made that homosexuals base their sexual preference just on the pleasure of sex, and sometimes are misconstrued as perverts because of this.
Individuals with homophobic attitudes may not understand the severity of their comments or behaviors toward homosexuals and thus by informing them we can help to alter their views. They may not completely agree but at least they will be conscious of how they treat others. In conclusion, although views on homosexuality have improved significantly being homosexual, lesbian or bisexual is still not easy. Until we are able to put our ignorance behind us homophobia will continue to impact the gay community.
When people refuse service to a homosexual couple, whether it be based on religious grounds or not, is complete discrimination towards the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community. In recent years, it has shown that there is a great deal of discrimination in labor markets, among them being age, immigration, gender, race, but of all of them, homosexuality is the one that is ignored the most. However studies do exist of discrimination toward homosexuals, but they are mostly inaccurate and unreliable due to the results being biased since sexual orientation is not an observable trait. Field experiments for discrimination of homosexuality are limited, and difficult to obtain but Ali M. Ahmed and Mats Hammarstedt conjured up a field experiment to be performed to see if discrimination exists in the Swedish housing market. Two fictional couples were created for this experiment, one heterosexual and the other homosexual.
One of the main reasons why people tend to be prejudice against gay, lesbian, and bisexual are based on inaccurate stereotypes and lack of information that is provided by society. Society portrays sexual minorities as sick, perverted, or nonexistent. There are quite a few people who are not aware that they may know healthy gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals. Many people, fearing they might be gay, lesbian, and bisexual, prefer to attack individual who are as a way of avoiding self-identification. People tend to link homosexuality and bisexuality with sexual behavior.
“Bisexual women have reported that tensions are more pronounced in lesbian spaces than in LGBT communities and that they can be covert and hidden rather than explicit, therefore difficult to identify or pin down” (qtd. in Hayfield 5). Lesbians have been found to be especially skeptical of bisexuals because they believe that they are just experimenting and will go back to being heterosexual after their experimental phase. From a study, lesbians came reporting with “anger, hate or mistrust towards bisexual women and preferring not be politically or socially associated with them” (Hayfield 4). Some lesbians outright refuse to date bisexual women, because they are afraid that they will later on cheat or leave them for a man.
Homosexuality is term to describe a person who is sexually attracted to those of the same gender. Homosexuality can be used to refer both gay and lesbian. Discrimination against homosexuality has been an important issue that has produced a number of victims and it is crucial to stop this unnecessary death. Although homosexuality might be considered a blasphemy in a religious point of view, discrimination against homosexuality can lead to bullying, depression and suicidal tendencies which is against humanity. The discrimination against homosexuality has been around for a long time and is getting better as time pass.