Why are so many people homophobic? What do you have against a man loving another man or a woman loving another woman? Love is something that every person in this world feels or is capable of feeling. So what if that love happens to be directed at someone of the same gender? Big whoop.
Now I, myself am straight, but I support Gay Rights. Why? Because I was raised to be accepting of people who were different from me. Not only that, I also have homosexual relatives.
Speaking of which, I do understand that some people were raised to be intolerant of difference, but that explanation only goes so far.
Is this all merely an outward reaction to the insecurity (conscious OR subconscious) in one's own sexuality? Or is there something else to it?
Now, I'm gonna be honest here because I'm sure someone out there is gonna read this and start throwing bible passages in my face: I, not being religious, haven't taken the time to read the bible. But if you do start to throw bible passages in my face, I will verify your words. The internet is a vast encyclopedia of everything, including every version of the Holy Bible of the Christian faith. Just FYI.
So, again, will someone please explain their reasons behind their homophobia to me?
In one word, anthropology.
We have a built in system that was designed to keep the tribe cohesion. If a member of the tribe was ill or had some kind of problem it could endanger the entire tribe. So naturally the discrimination and judgement of every tribe member was necessary for our survival. The only problem now is we don't need this built in system so much yet it still lingers and we often use it to justify just about anything.
People with dyed colored hair, such as blue, green, yellow or bright red as being wrong, outcast them!
People with nose rings, lip piercings, tatoos as being wrong, outcast them!
There are so many ways social groups judge other people and essentially they are trying to prevent them from joining their social group because they don't display the "proper" requirements to join.
We do this with everything, business life, you have to dress a certain way, have your hair a certain way, talk a certain way and any time you deviate from these prescribed requirements then you run the risk of being ostracized ie. let go (fired).
Essentially you can only be an individual up to the point where it is too much of an individual. You must be unique like everyone else otherwise it's too much.
So when you have small pockets of people who don't interact with a whole lot of people outside their social group they tend to carry these prejudices. Also a lot of discrimination is passed down in family or groups. Chances are higher that if your entire family is racist, then you might be as well. There are occasions when this can not be the case and it usually happens if the person actually interacts with the race that the family is racist against.
So to make this even longer. Homophobia really has no legitimate reason to exist. It is irrational. How does a gay person impact your life in any way if you are not gay yourself? It doesn't yet people are irrational all the time. They try to find ways to justify their discrimination. And some of these people use the bible to do that even though they contradict themselves any time they do.
They often use the book of Leviticus as evidence but completely ignore all the other stuff you are not suppose to do, like wearing mixed fabrics. Or eating certain types of food. They cherry pick and ignore the rest. Or they are just parroting what their preacher or pastor tells them to say and are completely ignorant of what the rest of Leviticus has to say.