HDF 110 Lecture 4: Quiz 4 Study Guide

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5 Dec 2019
HDF110 Quiz 4 Study Guide
Ch 9
Beliefs about the LGBTQ+ Community
For many of us, beliefs come from family, friends, and people we know who identify as
***Don’t forget that each of us has been influenced by IDEOLOGICAL power: power of
media/other institutions that spread ideas
Still many individuals who disagree with the LGBTQ movement for equality:
Many cite “religion” as reason; reference Bible to believe that their religion
forbids homosexuality
EX- Many translations of bible use word ‘sodomy when referring to same-sex
acts, but many scholars show this to be gross misinterpretation
word sodomy derived from name of infamous Biblical town of Sodom
that God ultimately destroyed for its sins
Scholars believe that sins committed in Sodom were not referring to
homosexuality, but referencing sin of being uncharitable/abusive to
strangers-- in those days, person’s survival might depend upon charity
of strangers
Only a brief look at 1 of references used from Bible by homophobics--
many interpretations of ALL of verses cited by these people (as
explained in Pharr’s Homophobia: A Weapon of Sexism)
Message to be taken from this-- consider context info that’s written and
what was happening historically & culturally at that time of writing
Why there is an Emphasis on Sin in Sexuality:
Word ‘homosexual’ didn’t appear in bible until 1946
7 or 8 bible verses used to argue homosexuality is a sin; all of these verses are debated
by religious scholars and none come from Jesus
HOWEVER-- literally hundreds of bible verses, many from Jesus himself, ab
social justice & wealth distribution (not taking more than our share, helping
those in need, etc.)
Many people believe it is to take focus off of ourselves, and focus on what
OTHERS are doing wrong
Suggestions to Ending Homophobia (Pharr)
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Work towards equality rather than tolerance
Explicitly talk about lesbians
Don’t assume when talking about women’s rights that lesbians are
automatically included because they’re not
Openly talking about lesbians takes some of power away from threat of being
called lesbian
Focus on homophobic person (why is he/she prejudice) rather than being on defensive
Be openly supportive of gays-- work to make difference versus supporting status quo
(by not speaking out)
Don’t assume heterosexual identity of others (EX- don’t ask people if they’re married)
Weekly Review
After reviewing the provided infographic on HRC’s platform, there is one that stands out
in reference to the largest impact on equality for those who identify as LGBTQ.
To be specific, the claim being discussed here is the fact that that nineteen
states, alongside Washington D.C., explicitly prohibit discrimination for housing
based on the buyer’s sexual orientation and gender identity.
Essentially, this means that there is still a large percent of home buyers within
the LGBTQ community who remain worried about housing discrimination.
The reason this holds the most significance in relation to equality is very
simple-- if people of this community cannot even buy or rent a home because of
who they love and how they view themselves, this in itself has exactly no
relevance to one’s sexual orientation.
With that in mind, it seems hard to believe they are going to find equality in other
areas of life where orientation (both sexual and gender) is somewhat relevant--
such as social contexts and/or the comfort of going out in public without being
Institutional homophobia can be mainly identified as heterosexism.
In other words, this occurs when businesses, churches, organizations, and the
discriminate against others based on their sexual orientation.
Contrasting with this, interpersonal homophobia is described as the context
when discrimination of another is based on one’s personal homophobia
An example of this could be name-calling others and/or both verbal and
physical harassment.
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