Is Phobia / phobic the right word to be using?
Websters has the term Phobia listed as:
Definition of phobia
: an exaggerated usually inexplicable and illogical fear of a particular object, class of objects, or situation
So once more are we using the right word for what is going on when we hear people who do not agree with the LGBT+ communities? We don’t see mass groups of people running when I walk into a room. We don’t see people cowering in corns of the office when they find out that someone is gay. We are not woken to the scream “OMG! there is a Lesbian on the TV” There are just so many wrong things that come into mind when I hear someone call another person a Transphobe, Homophobe or even a group of people in that group is Transphobic.
So the question I put forth what would be the correct term for a person who does not like or care for a person in the LGBT+ communities without using the term Bigot. Because to be honest I think the use of the word “Bigot” requires some actions behind it in fact Websters says:
Definition of bigot
: a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance
The keyword we can see is the word Devote. Such can be the case of several belief structures. For example the Mormons say it is okay to be Gay but you can do nothing about it and they are very devout in stating this. Westro Baptist Church they scream it from the roof tops. But does the woman or man who does not like those in the LGBT+ communities deserve such a title? On that same question does the person who does not understand a person like me deserve the title?
In fact I would have to say that pointing out that a person is anything other than not understanding is a kin to causing a load stone for us to carry. Yes, we have a right to be alive and being a part of communities around the world. We have a right to be free from persecution on all levels. But at the same time we must practice those same rights for others. So once more is it the right term? I also call into question, is the use of such terms causing us more problems than it is worth using?
Just something to think about when we look at others outside of out LGBT+ community.