Pride and Phobias: Conquering Fears to Recognize and Celebrate Authenticity

June is the time that honors the Stonewall Riots of June 1969 which is a crucial occasion in the struggle and fight for the rights and civil liberties of the LGBTQ+ community. Hence June is the time where the entire world comes together to honor and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and hence is called Pride month. During this month, we are not only honoring and celebrating  the hardships, challenges faced by them, but also their victories and to promote equality and embrace diversity of the LGBTQ+ community. We must recognize their presence, bravery, and authenticity and must celebrate them and their uniqueness. 

 

What about their difficulties and setbacks they face? The challenges that they confront range from discrimination and name-calling to fears specific to the community requires urgent attention.

What are phobias? 

Phobias are fierce, irrational and unreasonable fears of certain objects, situations, or activities. Societal attitudes and prejudices can create unique phobias for LGBTQ+ that profoundly impact them and can escalate into phobias. The most pervasive phobias are transphobia and homophobia. 

The hostility and fear of homosexuality and people who are thought to be homosexual is called homophobias. This can developed and seen in different forms, from overt acts or public behavior of violence to covert or undercovered forms of discrimination, biases  and prejudice. 

The fear, aversion or dislike of people who identify as transgenders termed as Transphobia Transgenders are people who do not fit into traditional gender norms and whose gender identities are different from the sex they were assigned during birth. 

These phobias may result in intense and uncontrollable reactions and manifest into hysteria through escalating anxiety and panic. Homophobia and transphobia can have serious ramifications like physical assault, harassment, and social exclusion. These can lead to social exclusion and serious mental health problems like depression, anxiety, and suicide thoughts of the community and can also impair their daily routine and functioning. There have been many instances where the gay couple faced verbal abuse or physical threats while walking down the street holding hands or while just simply existing. LGBTQ+ community often face difficulty in renting houses and face major biases. This aversion, hatred and disliking is the cause of internalization. This can exacerbate feelings of shame and self-hatred in the community. 

Everyone deserves a life free from discrimination and hatred, shame etc. This posits the necessity to address these phobias. It is crucial to improve the mental well-being and overall quality of life for LGBTQ+ individuals. An  inclusive and supportive society where each member of the society feels valued and respected can be cultivated and fostered via a comprehensive and holistic approach. One can always take help from their support networks like friends, family, and LGBTQ+ organizations. These networks and alliances provide key emotional support and gives a sense of belonging to the people. Additionally, one can always connect with mental health professionals for inclusive mental health services. 

Societal phobias can be eliminated through education and advocacy. While Promoting education about LGBTQ+ issues in schools, workplaces, and communities, we can foster greater understanding and acceptance among society. Media coverage and public festivities can also aid in the process. Further stress management and general well-being can be elevated by promoting self-care activities like mindfulness and physical activity. 

June, Pride Month is a crucial time where we can assess or evaluate the progress that has been made over the years by the LGBTQ+ community. This can also include recognozing the work that still needs to be done. Read more about Celebrating Diversity in the LGBTQ+ Community. By doing so we can ensure that every individual is accepted, acknowledged , respected, understood and supported regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and never feels alienated. We must promote and advocate a culture that can live a life free from fear and full of pride. 

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