It’s 2016 and people are still bullying gay and lesbian people. The psychology behind bullying is pretty much the same no matter WHY someone is doing it. So why are people still bullying then? I understand that there are religious convictions and all, but that should be all the more reason that they don’t treat others like crap. It’s funny to me that someone else wanting to be treated like a human being somehow threatens the life of someone else. Let’s examine some of the reasons for bullying gay and lesbian individuals.
- The person is religious
We’ve all seen the Wesboro Baptist Church or other groups that scream about religious freedom and how this or that is infringing upon their Jesus. There has been countless articles written about the gay man that was harassed because someone thought his presence was a threat to his masculinity. They spit in the faces of someone trying to take their partner out for a nice dinner because they don’t want their children to be corrupted (as if seeing their parents acting ugly is corrupting them enough). These are examples of someone who has no interest in getting to know their fellow human being, so instead they bully them. I do think that people should be able to live out their convictions and have an opinion about things. EVERYTHING IS NOT BULLYING, but if one of those convictions are about gay and lesbian people, certainly there is another way besides verbally or physically harming someone that you can demonstrate that.
- They are hiding their own sexuality
I may be the only person to admit that I loved Glee the show and watched it faithfully. On the show there was a character named Karofsky that was bullying Kurt a gay member of the glee club). Throughout the entire first season he picked on Kurt and even became violent with him; using slurs and humiliation tactics that were just horrible. Eventually during one of Karofsky bouts of abuse he kisses Kurt and later tells him that he in fact LIKES him. For some, chastising others is their way of getting the attention off of themselves and focusing on the object of the bullying (surely I can’t be gay of I’m talking down to this gay person). They could be hiding it from themselves or from others.
- They antagonize what they don’t understand
Ignorance is a powerful phenomenon. Just because you don’t understand something doesn’t mean you can bully others about it. You’ve got misinformation or foolishness that you’ve made up and now you’re angry because someone’s gayness is going to affect you? That’s ridiculous and I hate it!
- Some people are just mean
Some people are just mean spirited and no matter what they are going to hate on or bully others. There is something that they get out of treating someone like garbage that gets them going. Unfortunately gay and lesbian people are still, to some degree, fair game when it comes to bullying and they are an easy target to get away with.