Homophobia needs a new name, a good and ugly name to describe what is really going on when someone hates a gay person. Homophobia is too sanitized. It’s just a phobia, like arachnophobia (fear of spiders) and claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces). No. Hatred of gays needs to speak for what it really is–hate, intolerance, cruelty, VIOLENCE. It needs a word that encompasses the fear, but also everything gays have suffered because of who they are.
Too many people think homosexuality is a lifestyle choice, like a person would volunteer for exclusion, violence, and pain, as if they could become heterosexual if they really wanted to. Such “reasoning” is taken a step further to conclude that if a person chose their “lifestyle,” everyone’s hating them for it is okay. What a load of crap. Even if it were true that a homosexual made this “choice,” why does that make it okay to beat, kill, exclude, or otherwise bring them harm? It doesn’t. No matter how you cut it, homophobia is simple hatred.
So let’s make a new word, one that encompasses what is really going on. Homo-abhorrence, homo-detestation, homo-disgust, homo-hatred, homo-malevolence, homo-repulsion, homo-revulsion, homo-animus, or homo-repugnance all come to mind. I’m sure there are others. Maybe if people who don’t give the issue much thought would consider what is really going on if we called a spade a spade and stopped using an easy, sanitized word like homophobia. Maybe they would realize it means violence and hatred. Maybe then they would understand why it has to end.