Myths and Stereotypes That Dehumanize Gay Men Must Be Challenged

 The march towards equality in society relies heavily on bringing forth facts and challenging untruths about the lives of those who experience discrimination.

This blog post features ten of the most problematic myths and stereotypes which play a role in the mischaracterization and dehumanization of gay men in the U.S.A. While those who support LGBT equality sometimes innocently engage in stereotyping of gay men, it is ultimately those who promote heterosexist and homophobic agendas who are the most likely to draw on myths and stereotypes in their efforts to rationalize discrimination.

 

3 thoughts on “Myths and Stereotypes That Dehumanize Gay Men Must Be Challenged”

  1. I commented on this over at Huffington Post but let me do it here as well. The first item the author tackles is the stereotype of the effeminate gay male. I have a problem with that because it frequently turns into an attack on effeminate gay men, even though that wasn’t what the blogger intended. This was my comment over there:
    I am glad some other men picked up on the problem with the way the critique of the feminine gay male stereotype was written. There exists in our community a phobia called by some effeminaphobia or sissyphobia. This is turning the frustration with the gay male stereotype onto those who have had no choice but to fight those phobias along with homophobia for most of their lives. They were the kids who were called the vilest of names, who got shoved into lockers and had to endure homophobia for there entire middle and high school years – a burden “straight-acting” kids didn’t have to face. So rather then stick up for these brave men the community turns their nose up and frequently blames them for the stereotype. The answer is not to turn on effeminate men but to have their more masculine brothers stick up for them – bashing the stereotype and sticking up for effeminate men at the same time. As you suggest the way to combat the stereotype is for more masculine men to come out, not to throw them under the bus, but to be their knight in shining armor.

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  2. “the way to combat the stereotype is for more masculine men to come out, not to throw them under the bus, but to be their knight in shining armor” – very good, thank you

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