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What is Homophobia?

homophobia is the irrational hatred, intolerance and fear of Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people.

these negative feel ins fuel the myths, stereotypes and discrimination that can lead to violence against LGB people.

LGB people brought u in a homophobic society can often internalise these negative stereotypes and develop varying degrees of low self-esteem and self-hatred, often described as 'internalised homophobia'.

the word 'homophobia' was constructed by the heterosexual psychologist George Weinburg in the late 1960's. He used homophobia to label heterosexuals' dread of being in close quarters with homosexuals as well as homosexuals' internalised oppression.  The word first appeared in print in 1969.

Report It!!!

If you think you have witnessed, or think you have been a victim of homophobia this is your opportunity to report it.  We want to develop a picture of where there may be issues within The Scout Association, and act on the information we have been given.

Any information reported is treated completely confidentially, and will not be discussed with anyone else unless agreed with the person report the incident.

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