January 22, 2013
I have been on the internet for about a decade now, and throughout the course of my 10-year long browsing session, I have engaged in many threads, topics, discussions, arguments, and debates about homosexuality. These topics have pertained to all sorts of issues, such as whether homosexuality is or isn’t a choice, whether gay people should have children, if gay people are gross or not, if AIDs is a “gay people disease.” And in all these discussions, at this point dozens, if not over a hundred, the word “homophobia” has rarely crept into all the sentences, paragraphs, pages, threads.
On the other hand, the word “transphobia” pops up very often in discussion threads I encounter on transgenderism, and usually in the form of “You are being transphobic/this opinion is transphobic/you are a transphobe.” It seems as if the terms “homophobia” and “transphobia” function in vastly different ways. The former is…
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