Homophobia Affects Heterosexual People

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Raymond (1992) and Miller (1992) both argue that homophobia affects all people, regardless of sexual orientation. Although most of their arguments are sound, I do not entirely agree. Differences in sexuality affect the lives of many, but I believe that the extent to which they affect the lives of gay men and lesbians in comparison to heterosexual individuals is not comparable. If the authors had specifically concluded that homophobia affects gay men and lesbians far more than it affects heterosexual people, then I would not feel negatively about the arguments; however, both essentially conclude that we need to do something about the prevalence of homophobia, but mostly because it affects heterosexual people. Raymond (1992) argues that homophobia

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