homophobia

noun
ho·​mo·​pho·​bia | \ ˌhō-mə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce homophobia (audio) \

Definition of homophobia

: irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals

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Other Words from homophobia

homophobic \ ˌhō-​mə-​ˈfō-​bik How to pronounce homophobic (audio) \ adjective

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When American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace won for Outstanding Limited Series, showrunner Ryan Murphy used his acceptance speech to denounce homophobia and hate crimes against the LGBTQ community. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Most Political Moments at the 2018 Emmy Awards," 18 Sep. 2018 California prosecutors said Thursday the University of Pennsylvania student who was stabbed to death and buried in a shallow grave in January may have been killed because of homophobia. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Suspect in Blaze Bernstein murder is charged with hate crime," 2 Aug. 2018 Gay rapper Big Dipper confronts homophobia with graphic lyrics and a body-positive persona. Kt Hawbaker, chicagotribune.com, "Steppenwolf announces lineup for summer 2018's "Lookout" series, including Big Dipper and Walkabout Theatre," 16 May 2018 The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) has put Kenya on its list of countries that sponsor homophobia through its national laws and policy. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "Kenya court outlaws forced anal exams in landmark victory for gay rights," 22 Mar. 2018 My mind, my mental health is totally bruised by my entire young adulthood and childhood of homophobia and being beaten up for being gay all the time. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Sakima Wants You to Talk With Your Body on His New Single 'Show Me': Exclusive Premiere," 30 May 2018 By simply going out in public, Roma tells Vox that her appearance as a drag nun immediately brings different layers of social activism like homophobia, misogyny, and religious oppression. Daniel Villarreal, Vox, "Drag queens are more political than ever. Can they lead a movement?," 5 Nov. 2018 Educate yourself and do the work to uproot white supremacy, misogyny, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, and fat phobia/body shaming in yourself. Casey Johnston, SELF, "Ask a Swole Woman: How Can I Find Safe and Inclusive Gyms?," 23 Oct. 2018 In the current #NeverAgain era, a comedy focusing on two high school kids whose response to bullies includes murder and a plan to blow up a school feels tasteless and insensitive, even before the casual homophobia and jokes around teen suicide. Graeme Mcmillan, The Verge, "The TV reboot of Heathers was doomed from the start," 31 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of homophobia

1969, in the meaning defined above

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homophobia

noun
ho·​mo·​pho·​bia | \ ˌhō-mə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce homophobia (audio) \

Medical Definition of homophobia

: irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals

Other Words from homophobia

homophobe \ ˈhō-​mə-​ˌfōb How to pronounce homophobe (audio) \ noun
homophobic \ ˌhō-​mə-​ˈfō-​bik How to pronounce homophobic (audio) \ adjective

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