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What is homophobia?

It’s a slippery one – defining homophobia. For those of us who are LGBTQI, we tend to know it when it happens. Though for those of my brothers and sisters who are closeted, the fact that they don’t feel safe to be open about themselves perhaps indicates an underlying culture of homophobia that is harder to define. If that is difficult for straight people to understand, just think for a moment about the last time you had to do a risk assessment before you kissed or held the hand of your partner in public. Not a question of whether people will reach for the sick bag, or even notice, but whether you and your partner will receive a mouthful of abuse or be physically threatened. For those of us w

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