HOMOPHOBIA:. Effects on Homosexuals. a. Internalised Oppression. Jen & Family Adopted Children & Racism An Adoptee talks about Racism. Urban v Rural.
Effects on Homosexuals
Majority of LGBT people in media tend to be white, middle class, men living in urban areas with access to a social scene and support services
Many LGBTs live in rural areas and small towns where there are no support services. They can be very isolated
Also more complicated for people who experience multiple oppression
Some people identify as bisexual as part of the coming out process before accepting they are lesbian/gay;
Bisexuality is an orientation in itself – according to Kinsey, significant proportion of population are bisexual;
Subject to biphobia of both heterosexual and homosexual communities
Coming out process different, some identify at first as gay then later as trans;
Can be heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual;
Higher levels of mental health problems;
Best to bring in specialist trainer on trans issues;
Information on GALYIC website (support, coming out, other publications).
Two short extracts from television programmes
These emphasise the similarity of dealing with ‘spoilt’ identities.
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