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What is hatred based on sexual orientation?

Homosexuality and bisexuality often are subject to social stigmas such as discrimination, prejudice and violence, according to the American Psychological Association.

However,it is important to remember that hatred is often too strong of word as it relates to these issues. For instance, it is possible to disapprove or be intolerant of people of a different race or a different sexual orientation, without proclaiming to hate those people.

Hatred based on sexual orientation is called homophobia.  It assumes that most people are heterosexual and that people who are not are to be dispised for that reason alone.  Homophobia is no different than any other biased against a group of people simply because they belong to that group, such as colour of skin, religion, ethnicity, etc.  These biases are beliefs not facts and they become a problem when they are expressed in behaviour.  For example, if you refuse to hire a homosexual solely because of sexual orientation, that is a problem.  In fact, it is such an abhorant problem to society, there are laws against it.  As people evolve beyond their fictitious fears, so does society and when society evolves, laws are enacted to strengthen that evolution.

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