Letting Love Win Through Understanding Roots of Homophobia

Khryss | Published 2017-02-22 08:17
When I’ve heard about that Pulse Nightclub’s incident, I can’t seem to understand why such beautiful creatures have to suffer just because of these hideous people’s personal views and beliefs. It left me feeling pain, anger, and confusion. And no matter how I try to find answers, I just can’t seem to answer this “Why?” that kept on flowing in my thoughts like an unending river. Why? Why? Why? My dear LGBT community, my heart is with you. I may not be able to explain why such incidents happen but maybe, just maybe, if we can understand why these homophobes existed, perhaps we could find an answer. It seemed like a very important topic since I guess we all know where this “simple” fear can lead to. "Those intense emotions should serve as a call to self-reflection," co-author Richard Ryan, a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester said. "Sometimes people are threatened by gays and lesbians because they are fearing their own impulses, in a sense they 'doth protest too much,'" Ryan told LiveScience. "In addition, it appears that sometimes those who would oppress others have been oppressed themselves, and we can have some compassion for them too, they may be unaccepting of others because they cannot be accepting of themselves." This prejudice of homophobia may stem from people’s denial and internal conflict about their own sexual orientation, on which research also suggested to be perhaps a denial fostered by authoritarian and homophobic parents. "In a predominately heterosexual society, 'know thyself' can be a challenge for many gay individuals," lead author Netta Weinstein, a lecturer at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom, said in a statement. "But in controlling and homophobic homes, embracing a minority sexual orientation can be terrifying."  This could lead to lashing out and further hostilities, leaving a lot of LGBT youth homeless and even increased suicidal rates on members of the said minority. "We laugh at or make fun of such blatant hypocrisy, but in a real way, these people may often themselves be victims of repression and experience exaggerated feelings of threat," Ryan said. "Homophobia is not a laughing matter. It can sometimes have tragic consequences." In a spiteful world of rigid traditions and violence, it’s easy to ignite homophobia to get rid of what you might think as irregularities, may it be in yourself or others. However, this sexual revolution has risen to a moral one. Settling differences require the understanding of both parties. But really, what differences do we have to settle here? So, if you start developing homophobic feelings, you might want to look straight in the mirror and start asking yourself why.
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