L G B T   C a m p u s   O r g a n i z i n g
Internalized Homophobia/Biphobia
Assuming that you cannot find or help
develop heterosexual or non transgen 
Assuming other lesbian, gay, bisexual,
der allies;
and transgender people are only poten 
tial sexual partners, or that every inter 
action is about flirting and cruising;
Believing the stereotypes about les 
bians, gay men, bisexuals, and trans 
gender people and acting them out or
Criticizing other lesbian, gay, bisexual,
believing there is one right way to be,
and transgender people for being  too
act, dress, etc. as a lesbian, gay man,
out,   flamboyant,   blatant  or  mili 
bisexual, or transgender person; and
tant  about their sexual orientation;
staying away from them;
Dismissing the uniqueness of transgen 
der experience, e.g., adding  transgen 
Assuming that everyone is heterosexu 
der  to the title of your group without
al, or lesbian, or gay, or bisexual;
learning about transgender experience
and gender oppression, including the
Bisexuals assuming their experience
commonalities and differences
and oppression is the same as a les 
between lgb people and transgender
bian's or gay man's; at times bisexuals
enjoy  heterosexual privilege  that is
not available to lesbians and gay men;
LGBT people are part of every group.
Lesbians and gay men assuming that
The essence of our oppression is isola 
bisexuals never experience heterosex 
tion, invisibility, and shame.  It is impor 
tant for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and
transgender people to find each other and
Lesbians and gay men assuming that
offer each other support and space to
bisexuals are  just going through a
come out in our own unique way.  On the
phase,   non monogamous or promis 
other hand it is important for us to gently
cuous,   confused,  or  will necessari 
challenge each other's internalized
ly abandon them for an opposite gen 
homophobia.  What keeps us from report 
der partner; 
ing harassment against us?  Do we just
take it for granted?  What stops us from
Not speaking up as strongly on issues
asking a professor to include lesbian and
of heterosexism as you would about
gay material in the curriculum or chal 
other issues;
lenge heterosexist remarks in the class 
room?  What stops us from going to a
Thinking that there really is something
dance, a meeting, or a demonstration?
wrong with being lesbian, gay, bisexu 
Sometimes there are real external threats,
al, or transgender;
but often we have a hard time telling the
difference between our own internalized
Assuming that you would be unwel 
fear from external threats.  It is important
come as a lesbian, gay man, bisexual,
for us to recognize our commonalties as
or transgender person and that you
lgbt people, and the unique differences
can't talk about your experiences; 
between lesbians and gay men, or les 
bians and bisexual women, as well as the
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