Homophobia hasn't gone,
it's just hiding
Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is not new.
However until recently, there was not word for it. In the list of discriminations, homophobia occupies a prominent place.
While more gay, lesbian and bisexual people come out of the closet, and are starting to appeal the the general population, homophobes in turn, flee the reproaching looks and become more subtle. Of course violence still exists, but most people try not to be seen as homophobes.
You have probably heard some people saying “I’m not a homophobe, but…” followed by a prejudiced idea.
Did you know ?
In a study conducted in 2008 in a 150 Canadian schools almost 95% of students heard offensive words related to sexual orientation ("fagot", "lezbo", etc.) used as insults. In total 47.5% of students said they heard them daily.
Not so long ago, homophobia was not only allowed but legally enforced.
Until 1979, the Canadian Criminal Code punished same-sex relationships. Fortunately, this is no longer the case, homosexuals have achieved legal equality and they have the right to marry. But this is unfortunately not the case in all countries.
In Canada, there are very few openly homophobic acts, and few homophobes are now taking the risk of being out in the open. Homophobia is now subtle. The blows have often given way to sniggers, stares and insinuations, sometimes insults. This does not mean the end of homophobia.
In the workpace, it is no longer possible to refuse to hire a person or to deny them promotion on grounds that are openly based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. However, this does not necessarily prevent LGBTQ + people from being discriminated against in the workplace.
When evaluating an application, it may happen that, at the same level, a homosexual, bisexual or trans person is ranked second, without further explanation. The same is true for other discriminated minorities.
In short, homophobia becomes more and more subtle. It hides, hides under a new mask.
Canadians think disclosing one's homosexuality is bad for one's carreer.
According to our survey, conducted in 2006:
61% of respondents think that revealing one's homosexual orientation at work can be harmful for a professional career
75% of Canadians think that, in Canada, a homosexual boss has as much credibility with his employees as a heterosexual boss.
55% of Canadians surveyed think it is difficult for people who openly disclose their homosexuality to be accepted by their co-workers.