A look at the term ‘homophobia’, its origin and meanings, and its uses in the campaign to forward the homosexual agenda, particularly in schools. The writer wishes to state at the outset that he finds taunts like ‘faggot’, ‘queer’ and ‘poofter’ totally unacceptable and can see no justification whatever in so-called gay-bashing, verbal or physical.
“You’re a homophobe!”
In today’s dominating climate of political correctness, that label is heard increasingly often, along with the related terms homophobia and homophobic. But what is homophobia? Who uses the term and why? Little has been written on it from any but the gay rights perspective. Some diversity of opinion is overdue.
The first use of the word homophobia is credited to George Weinberg who coined the term in the late 1960s, later discussing it at length in a book in 1972. The first use in print, however, was by activists Jack Nichols and Lige Clarke in their May 23rd column in Screw magazine, 1969. 1