Poster for the Internationalday against homophobia and transphobia about cyberhomophobia : Fight off the homophobia and transphobia virus

What is cyberhomophobia ?


Negatives attitudes

Cyberhomophobia or Cybertransphobia is the manifestation of homophobia or transphobia on the Internet and in social media. It is the circulation of negative attitudes towards homosexuality and gender identity. It often presents sexual minorities as inferior or abnormal and can be expressed in the form of jokes, teasing, hateful or hostile remarks, denigration and stereotypes toward homosexual or transgender people.

Hurtful words

Certain words and expressions can hurt people, even without intending to. It would be best to ban these from your conversations: “fag”, “so gay”, “lesbo”, “butch”, “dyke”, “tranny”, etc.

Serious consequences

Les jeunes lesbiennes, gais et bisexuels seraient deux fois plus nombreux que les jeunes hétérosexuels à signaler la cyberintimidiation et l’intimidation à l’école. 
Un tiers des jeunes qui sont intimidés sur le Web signalent des symptômes de dépression.

On one hand Internet brought a lot of good things to LGBT people (forum to ask their questions, lots of ressources, and ways to meet like-minded people). On the other hand, it gave hateful people a whole new platform to express themselves and bully people they don’t like.

LGBT-phobia is becoming increasingly present on the Web and in social media. The anonymity of the Internet facilitates the spread of abusive comments and allows for cyberhomophobia that could have serious consequences.

Internet: freedom, but at what costs?

What can you do ?


Did you know ? shows that on the 2nd of September 2018, the word “faggot” was used more than 25 000 times on Twitter.

Signal content or users

Just like with everywhere else, homophobic remarks on the Internet and in social media should not gounnoticed. It is important to:

  • report unwanted content to website administrators and encourage your friends to do the same;

  • report homophobic content to the website host;

  • denounce the content in the Acts of Homophobia Registry.

File a complaint

Le harcèlement, les menaces de mort, les propos haineux, diffamatoires ou blasphématoires peuvent constituer des infractions criminelles. Il faut les signaler aux autorités policières.
Le recours aux tribunaux civils est aussi possible lorsqu’il y a atteinte à la réputation ou à la vie privée.


  • Utiliser le matériel promotionnel numérique de la campagne et le diffuser dans Facebook, Twitter, dans des blogues et dans des courriels;

  • Être un modèle en faisant de sa page Facebook ou de son site Web une zone sans homophobie ni transphobie

  • Publier en ligne son support pour les personnes LGBT et s'engager à les respecter.

  • Partager des articles à thématique LGBT sur vos réseaux. 

Report an incident

Commission des droits
de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse

Coalition des familles LGBT

Rester en sécurité en ligne 

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Éducaloi (Québec)

Coalition des familles LGBT

Trouver l'hébergeur d'un site

Coalition des familles LGBT

Survey results

Have you ever witnessed cyberhomophobia ?

According to our survey, conducted in 2013:

• 80% of Canadians and Quebeckers surveyed have, in everyday life, already witnessed disparaging remarks about homosexuals or homosexuality in general.

• 42% of Quebeckers surveyed said they had witnessed homophobic comments on Facebook, 16% on Twitter and 35% on a blog.

• More than a third of respondents believe that the anonymity of social networks is the main factor of propagation, followed by the ease of sharing information and the tendency to self-censor.

• Nearly half of Quebecers (45%) believe that homophobia or insults and disrespectful behavior towards homosexuals should be punishable by law against 31% for the rest of Canada.

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