Homophobia is a term used to refer to a range of negative attitudes and feelings towards lesbian, gay and in some cases bisexual, transgender people. The concept of someone heterosexual being “straight” makes one wonder. What does that make a homosexual exactly? Crooked? There itself lies the problem of homophobia. The assumption that these people are different and therefore should not be accepted.

Analyzing a perspective of why homophobia exists is basically because of a fear of the unknown. “Normal” heterosexual people would just assume that homophobia is unnatural and weird leading them to discriminate against those people who are sexually inclined in a different way. However, some people argue saying that homophobia should be fought against because it is said that in various religions the practice is strongly looked against. Firstly, it must be understood that ones religious perspective does not give another the right to actually condemn someone who might or might not have the same beliefs as you. And when actually looking at what the religious books cite, it is obvious that many verses have been taken out of context to actually fulfil many a selfish purpose such as to persecute Jews (think Hitler). It is the biggest harm in the world to actually assume that an interpretation of a holy book gives one the right to think that they are supremely allowed to pass judgement on a fellow being. While looking at what religious books forbid, take a look at what they propogate instead which is acceptance, love and understanding, which is what we should be trying to uphold.

Looking at homosexuality through tunnel vision is what actually leads to discrimination in the first place. The assumption that they are not “normal” or have “weird tendencies” is what leads to this misunderstanding about them in the first place. After asking a number of Help students their opinon’s, this is what one of them had to say. “The fact that the gay phenomenon has become so wide-spread...