I think that everyone in our family that cared about whether a person was homosexual or not have died. Those in my generation (baby boomers) and beyond have more important things to worry about. We are just happy when someone finds another person to love.
I’m sure it will be a while, but think of it like this…. in 50 years homophobia will probably be but a shadow of it’s current self.
Every time there’s some minority group being prosecuted or feared or what have you, over time they become accepted. I mean look at how long ago the civil rights movement was. I wouldn’t think to say that racism has gone away (as others have pointed out it’s still alive sure).... but it would be naive to say that it hasn’t become but a shadow of what it once was.
I have gay friends, have for some years. My children could likely have gay friends much earlier, or be exposed to gay parents (which I was not), making them even more accepting of homosexuals. It probably won’t go away for some time, but it will lessen.
Last night I saw a TV commercial—you know that heated pleasure lube commercial on TV where a couple sits on a bed, then the camera cuts to fireworks of some kind, then cuts back to them being satisfied in bed?
Last night… Alex and Emma. Two females in that commercial. I had to double back and see if I saw this for real. That’s incredible progress from 15 years ago!
How will that affect the homophobes? Hopefully, it will at least desensitize them enough for them to start thinking clearly.
It is getting there, but it will be a while. Of course none of these things will ever be completely eradicated, just like there will always be murderers and assholes of all kind, that’s just humanity. But homophobia may be viewed on the same level as racism in times to come, where it’s so taboo that people who are homophobia will be ashamed to admit it and know everyone will be against them.
As others have said, as long as the holy texts for major religions contain lines like Leviticus 20:13, it will be difficult to get rid of homophobia for good. And you can argue all you want about how it doesn’t apply anymore, but it’s there and very easy to access and use to one’s advantage. Many people not only are homophobic because they were raised that way, but believe that their homophobia is justifiable on a greater scale.
And of course there are still those that think racism will end when black people stop acting “ghetto” and when gay people stop acting like “flamers”.
@mazingerz88 That may be true, but we live in a society now that makes it easier for people to break away from those phobias, we are a much more accepting society than we were generations ago. Our social environment is so different.
Asking an older person to change their opinions on homosexuality, and you will probably find more resistance, than say a 20 year-old would. I don’t want to generalise, because there are obviously many very progressive, anti-homophobic older people out there, especially here.
As long as there are men who are insecure in their own masculinity, there will be homophobia. As long as there are people who need someone highly visible to look down on so they can feel better about themselves, there will be racism.
Racism isn’t even a thing of the past yet, though it’s usually highly frowned upon. So I don’t know if homophobia will ever be a thing of the past, and if it is it won’t be for a very long time. Unfortunately.
@saint Homophobia is a fear or dislike/contempt. Morphemes change their meaning. The morpheme ”-phobia” from the Greek phobos “fear” no longer just means fear, it also has the meaning of hatred or dislike, such as Islamophobia, Sinophobia, homophobia, etc. While of course we often hate what we fear and fear what we hate (hence the change in meaning), the term “homophobia” does appropriately refer to both.