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By Sam, Nick, Tamara (10D), Maggie and Johnny
Our chosen topic is discrimination – more
specifically, homophobia. In this presentation,
we will explain some potential causes of
homophobia, and how it may result in conflict.
We will also elaborate on our 6 key questions,
in hopes to inform and interest you on this
Homophobia: An extreme or irrational aversion
to homosexuality and homosexual people.
What is the state of homophobia in Hong
What are some of the possible causes of
Where is homophobia the most prevalent a
How does homophobia cause violence and
How are people or organizations working to
How does homophobia affect us?
Our 6 key questions
Although there is no official list or ranking as
to where homophobia is the most prevalent,
there are a few countries where it is extremely
bad. In Jamaica, for example, there are no anti-
discriminatory laws protecting LGBT civilians.
In fact, male homosexual sexual activities can
send you to prison for as much as a decade. In
Russia, although homosexuality is no longer
illegal, same-sex marriage is still not
recognized and, like Jamaica, there are no anti-
We are actually exposed to homophobia a lot
more than we realize. You can see proof of this
on NoHomophobes.com , a site that shows
how many people tweet phrases using
homophobic slurs. Many of us subconsciously
will say something is “So gay,” just because we
hear so many people saying that all the time.
Also in music, especially rap, many lyrics
contain homophobic slurs. On the contrary,
take the song “Same love,” by rapper
Macklemore; a song in favor of equality and
rights for all.
How are we affected?
The problem with homophobia is it can be
bullying the LGBT people. Not only verbal, but
homophobia can be physical abuse.
Homophobia leads to bullying, isolation and
even depression. In some very bad cases,
homophobia can lead to suicide, because
people feel as if the negativity towards them
will never go away.
But what is the problem?
Although homophobia does exist in Hong
Kong, with time, the population of
homosexuals in HK will grow, and eventually it
will become an even bigger matter to treat
everyone equally. Homophobia isn’t as large an
issue in Hong Kong, as here we are often
influenced by other western cultures, and in
this case, ones that are more open to the LGBT
Homophobia in HK
Homosexuality is legal in Hong Kong, as the
government awareness has increased. Luckily,
there are no laws punishing homosexuals or
their behavior, as opposed to some countries
with much stricter and harsher boundaries in
place. However, gay marriage has not been
legalized in HK, but the government does offer
protection to homosexuals against
Homophobia in HK
“Students who describe themselves as LGBT
are 5 times more likely to miss school because
of feeling unsafe. 28% are forced to drop out.”
“75% of people committing hate crimes are
under age 30, and one-third are under age 18.”
:Some of the most pervasive anti-gay/LGBT
violence occurs within schools.”
There is a lot of conflict and violence as a result
of homophobia. Many people with strong
homophobic views do not express their
emotions appropriately. Also, a lot of LGBT
teens encounter strong physical and verbal
bullying as a result of their sexuality.
There are many organizations that are trying to
support the LGBT community and block out
homophobia, such as PFLAG (Parents, friends
and family of lesbians and gays). There is
another organization called GLAAD (Gay and
lesbian alliance against defamation), that
supports the LGBT community in the media.