Introduction

People who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual may experience discrimination by people who do not feel comfortable being by their side.

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What is homophobia?

Homophobia is fear, hatred, distrust or discomfort before lesbian, gay or bisexual people. “Biphobia”, like homophobia, is fear, hatred, distrust or discomfort before people who are specifically bisexual. Similarly, transphobia is also fear, hatred, distrust or discomfort with transgender, intergender people or people who do not follow traditional gender norms. Homophobia can take different forms, including negative attitudes and beliefs, aversion or prejudice against bisexual, lesbian or gay people. In general, they are based on an irrational fear and misunderstandings. The homophobia of some people may be rooted in deeply held conservative religious beliefs. Some people may have homophobic beliefs if they were inculcated by their parents or relatives.