"On ne nait pas homophobe, on le devient"
The effects of homophobia: There are many different ways in which LGBT people experience homophobia, including malicious gossip, name-calling, intimidating looks, internet bullying, vandalism and theft of property, discrimination at work, isolation and rejection, sexual assault, or even being sentenced to death. All forms of homophobia are destructive, not just for people living openly as LGBT, but for society as a whole
What can be done to tackle homophobia? Effectively tackling homophobia means addressing prejudicial attitudes and discrimination in all areas of society. Political leaders, police forces, health services, internet. broadcasters and employers can all positively influence the way that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are treated.
Sexual orientation discrimination includes being treated differently or harassed because of your real or perceived sexual orientation -- whether gay, lesbian, bisexual, or heterosexual. This type of discrimination may be illegal in your live.
Almost half the states and the District of Columbia have laws that currently prohibit sexual orientation discrimination : California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.
Other LawsIf no law prohibits sexual orientation discrimination, there may still be hope. Depending on the exact nature of the discrimination, you may be able to sue under a number of general legal theories, including:
intentional or negligent infliction of emotional distress
invasion of privacy
interference with an employment contract, andwrongful termination.
Comme toi, il n'en est qu'un, deviens donc qui tu es.
"Ceux qui ont le pouvoir de faire le mal et qui savent ne pas le faire sont des Seigneurs" (Shakespeare)