Homophobia and Work Place Bullying

Topics: Homosexuality, Abuse, LGBT Pages: 3 (1017 words) Published: September 4, 2013
‘Our Society lacks compassion and care which often results in tragedy. To what extent is this true?”

Society does lack care and compassion to many groups, especially minority groups, and in many different situations. This lack of care can quite often lead to very unfortunate resulting events. Many people in society are homophobic or have been at some point, which often leads to bullying. School and workplace bullying in general is also a huge problem, which can have huge repercussions on the victim.

Homophobia against the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community is horrifyingly common. In a study of 390 Victorians in 2008 it was showed that nearly 1 in 8 lived in fear of homophobic violence and 85% of them had been subject to homophobic harassment in their life. Many people fear and don’t agree what they don’t understand so their first reaction is to go against the things they don’t understand, for example, those who aren’t heterosexual. Various religious people say that homosexuality is a sin and against their religion, but in a way, that’s like saying that someone can’t eat junk food because you’re on a diet. Just because you don’t want to be involved with something, doesn’t mean it’s wrong. In 2010 a study of 3134 young Australians found that 61% had suffered verbal abuse due to their sexuality, 18% had experienced physical abuse, and as well as the first two 69% had suffered other forms of homophobia such as exclusion or rumors. Due to all these movements against the LGBT community it’s estimated that 30-40% have attempted suicide at some point. Suicide is the 3rd most common cause of death for those between 15-24 with lesbians, gays and bisexuals attempting it 4 times more often as heterosexuals. In September 2010 there were 10 reported cases of suicide between LGBTQ people. Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgender people also have a higher rate of mental health disorders such as depression or anxiety as well as being more likely to...
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