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How inclusive are you?

As you read on, be aware of what thoughts, feelings and questions arise when you ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Can you think of three positive aspects of life as a LGBT person?  Can you think of three negative aspects of life as a LGBT person?
  2. Have you ever laughed at a “queer” joke?
  3. Do you ever intentionally do or say things to try to prevent people from thinking that you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender?
  4. Do you believe that a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender person could influence another person to become lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender?  Do you think someone could influence you to change your sexual and affectional preference or gender identity?
  5. If you are a parent, how would you (or do you) feel about having a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender child?
  6. Would the knowledge that a professional such as a doctor, physiotherapist or massage therapist was lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender influence your willingness to go to him or her?  Would you feel more comfortable if you knew that their orientation made it unlikely that they would be attracted to you?
  7. Under what conditions have you or would you go to a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender bar, social club, movie or rally?
  8. Would you wear a button that says, “How dare you presume I’m heterosexual?”  Why or why not?

It is normal to find that you have to some extent internalized the homophobia that exists in our culture.  Homophobia may be experienced and expressed by LGBT as well as heterosexual people.

What we want to achieve is to be able to truly celebrate the fact that human beings have different sexual orientations and gender identities.  Celebration means:

  • Awareness that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are an indispensable part of society;
  • Viewing LGBT people with genuine affection and appreciation;
  • Advocating for equity on issues that impact the LBGT community; and
  • Attending LGBT functions because they are important community events.