homophobia

noun
ho·mo·pho·bia | \ˌhō-mə-ˈfō-bē-ə \

Definition of homophobia 

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

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homophobic \ˌhō-mə-ˈfō-bik \ adjective

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The Closet’’ is that an employee could hold onto his job by pretending to be gay, betting that his company’s fear of being accused of homophobia and discrimination would outweigh its desire to fire him. Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, "‘The Closet’ plays sexual identity for old-fashioned laughs," 1 July 2018 Los Angeles Times Update on a tragic story: Anthony Avalos came out as gay in recent weeks, and authorities are now investigating whether homophobia played a role in the death of the 10-year-old Lancaster boy, a county official said. Shelby Grad, latimes.com, "Essential California: Family arrests at border stop, for now," 26 June 2018 Investigators were probing if homophobia was a factor in his death, officials said. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "California boy, 10, came out as gay just weeks before his suspicious death, officials say," 27 June 2018 In Senegal, which borders Guinea-Bissau to the north, homophobia is so rampant that there was public outcry a few years ago. New York Times, "‘I Have to Be Open’," 24 June 2018 After all, overt homophobia is no longer socially acceptable in the UK. SI.com, "Twenty Years After Losing Justin Fashanu, Is English Football Finally Ready to Accept Gay Players?," 9 May 2018 The film sets up that be it homophobia, jealousy, or both, Whitney’s family wasn’t pleased with Robyn’s tight bond with and influence over Whitney. Janine Rubenstein, PEOPLE.com, "Whitney Houston's Friends and Family Reveal Truth About Her Romance with Robyn Crawford," 12 July 2018 In the book, Don and Adrian are supporting characters who experience homophobia and have their own respectively tragic storylines, both of which set off the events of the second part of It and reel the adult Losers Club back to Derry. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, ""It: Chapter 2" Adds New Cast Member Taylor Frey as Gay Character Don Hagerty," 11 July 2018 The boy, Anthony Avalos, had recently come out as gay, a county official said, and some suspect that homophobia played a role in his death. NBC News, "Man charged with killing boy, 10, who reportedly came out as gay," 28 June 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 \

Medical Definition of homophobia 

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

Other Words from homophobia

homophobe \ˈhō-mə-ˌfōb \ noun
homophobic \ˌhō-mə-ˈfō-bik \ adjective

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