Friday, April 9, 2010

Homophobia in Virtual Communities - by Tina Indalecio PhD - Curious Media – Psychology Today

Imagine as you sit quietly in the safety of your own home, you find yourself becoming a victim of hate speech, and prejudice because of your race, religion or sexual orientation. Imagine your child is the victim of cyber bullying or virtual rape, while trying to play a game online. Unfortunately this is becoming a common experience for many individuals who engage in online media, like interactive gaming communities.

In the case of homophobia online, according to a 2006 survey of gay video game players, conducted by the University of Illinois, "When asked how frequently players experience homophobia, those surveyed who responded "Always" or "Frequently" equaled 42%. Add in "Sometimes" and it brings up that total to 74.5%." (Cole, 2009). The study is a few years old, however this problem has only been getting worse, and in an effort to find solutions, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has launched, The Project on Homophobia & Virtual Communities. This issue is of great concern because virtual prejudice or cyber bulling is one thing, but what happens when these behaviors spill over into real life? Read more by Tina Indalecio PhD - Curious Media – Psychology Today

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The Closet: Psychological Issues of Being In and Coming Out - By Jack Drescher, M.D. - read more

Sexual Orientation and Homophobia are Formed Early in Life – Columbia University Medical Center – read more

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It's The Gays' Fault - The Daily Dish - By Andrew Sullivan - read more

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Ignorance about human sexuality is harmful to children.

“Someday, maybe, there will exist a well-informed, well considered and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child’s spirit.” Erik Erikson

Kids Are Being Hurt!!!

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