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How Would Your Life Be Different if Homophobia Did Not Exist?

How Would Your Life Be Different if Homophobia Did Not Exist?


A new study featured in the journal of Sexuality Research and Social Policy asked, "What do you think your life would be like without homophobia, racism, or sexism?" Four hundred lesbian, gay, and bisexual New Yorkers participated in the study, which sought to document how sexual minorities experience social stigma and inequality in today's world. While the answer may seem fairly obvious at first, the responses, comprised of the participants' own narratives, were varied.

The following are the major thematic responses to this particular question. Please add your own suggestions as to how your life would be different without homophobia, racism, and/or sexism in the comments below.

More PDA (Public Displays of Affection)

"We would be able to hold hands in public, and kiss in any restaurant."

More Peace

"Life would be bliss, love would be in abundance, and no longer need for war."


"It would be peaceful. I would be free to be my own self without looking over my shoulder."

Life Is Better at Work

Respondents expected at better workplace atmosphere and improved relationships with their colleagues.

Would Still Be With Family

"I would most likely be at home with my family -- where I came from."

Loss of Struggle, and Character?

Respondents found what's called "positive marginality," identifying character because of their sexuality. "I wouldn't be who I am if I hadn't gone through what I did."

Equal Opportunity

"We would have better access to resources, such as education, career opportunities."

The World Gets Safer and Bigger

When not afraid of hateful reactions, respondents expected they would move around the city more freely. "We wouldn't just have to go down to the Village and hold hands, we could walk down the street and hold hands.... I look for the day... when you can just kiss your partner on the subway or at the bus stop or on the bus or, whether you're in the Village or in a restaurant or in the midtown or in the Bronx."

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