Experiencing hate at home
For a young person questioning their sexuality or gender identity, it’s important that they see parents or carers being sensitive to these issues.
Left unchallenged, biphobia, homophobia and transphobia can spread. If impressionable minds see hate being ignored by parents or carers, they’ll think it’s acceptable and carry on.
Hate can infiltrate our homes through social networking too. Often bullies use these online spaces to spread rumours about someone or exclude them.
For an LGBT couple sharing a home, they can also be the target of hatred. These couples may find their home is the target of vandalism, or malicious gossip and rumours. If this has happened to you, or you know its happening, REPORT IT!
What can be done about it
If you’re a parent and you hear your child using derogatory language which is biphobic, homophobic or transphobic, ask them to think about how they might feel if they were in the position of being different in some way and were being called names or bullied because of it.
Challenging and responding to hate is the only way we can stop this hatred damaging our friends, our families, and our loved ones. The fight against biphobia, homophobia and transphobia can start at home.
If you’re the victim of hate in your home from neighbours, report this immediately to the police.
If you are finding life difficult at home because your family don’t accept you, or you are afraid of what might happen if you tell them, call The Lesbian & Gay Foundation on 0845 3 30 30 30.