28 July 2015

Homosexual Homophobia

It’s 2015. The cliché noting our liberalism in conjunction to our being in the 21st century is getting tiresome. We are a liberal and open society where people of all races, genders, religions and sexualities are equal citizens. Although our society isn't equal in terms of wealth, class or status, on a lawful level we all have the same rights. That is especially true now with the introduction of the same-sex marriage act in March 2014. So much has been done for LGBT rights since the Blair government. It was he and his central-liberalism that kicked off the entire process with the Civil Partnership Act in 2004.

Although a lot has been done to grant equality to LGBT people, socially it’s still a major taboo. Moreover, the misunderstanding of transgenderism has meant the progress of LGBT rights hasn't really impacted on the transgender community or its representation. There is still an overwhelming majority of people that do not understand transgenderism and ultimately take a 1970s view. It doesn't help that the transgender people aren't really represented in the media, politics or anything else for that matter.

As I said, there may be equality on a lawful level but socially, things are very different. Homophobia isn't necessarily personally directed at gay people anymore but the culture of homophobia is very much alive and thriving. A simple example of this is describing somebody as gay and suggesting that it would be a bad thing if they were of that persuasion. Now, in an equal social environment, being straight and being gay should be level and neither should be better than the other. But that simply isn't the case in the minds of neanderthals. To them being gay is horrifying. At least, this is the stance that they take when in their social groups in order to emit their masculinity. 

The Guardian recently wrote an article about people sounding gay and why some homosexuals sound like Kenneth Williams and others Liam Neeson. (For use of better examples) They suggested, and I think they got it spot on, that it comes from who one identifies with when one is growing up. If one identifies with women more and has mainly women as friends, one will inevitably have a feminine voice, gate and mannerisms. Whereas if one identifies with men and has mainly male friends, one will be more masculine and people probably wouldn't assume one is gay. 

So, not all gay people are feminine nor can they all be easily judged to be gay. Therefore, there is a culture in the LGBT community of homosexual homophobia. This is when straight acting gay men, dislike the more feminine gay men as they usually have identified themselves with guys and are in the environment of indirect homophobia. Many homophobic homosexuals hold the ideology of camp men being lesser or even weird as their straight peers also do. Straight acting gay men are also far more likely to be accepted by the group and they easily join with masculine discussions.

But why does this culture exist? Why do so many people believe that camp men are lesser than anyone else? Surely this isn't just homophobia. It’s also sexism. If a feminine gay man is more like a woman than a man in terms of mannerisms and are assumed to be lesser than the straight or straight acting men, they also believe that women in general are lesser than themselves. 

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