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i have a friend (not very close) she dislikes her own homophobia. shes not religious but shes conservative in a political way. are there any resources that can help her and similar minded ppl on how to accept homosexuality or educational pieces on what it is. it has to be good cuz this is years of prejudice that she must battle so she has to dig deep and it cant be just wikipedia stuff.

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  • 25-34_m_w_h1_f4
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    she can go to therapy? but in arab countries these ones are not public

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  • 25-34_f_w_h3_f2
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    Hi skyflake, check your private messages. I sent you many links to what I used for someone I knew to understand about this more and suggestions on how best to eliminate the prejudice over time.

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  • 17-24_f_b_h1_f3
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    Sorry I don't have any advice to give, but I am so glad her own discomfort is making her seek out more information! This is how our world changes.

    • 17-24_f_b_h1_f3
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      Ahh, wait, nevermind... at first reading I assumed your friend was straight? And not comfortable with her homophobia. If she is gay, then that's a different matter, and I wish her all the luck and peace in the world. I think the key is to be gentle and supportive.

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    • 17-24_f_b_h1_f2
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      no she is not gay she's very straight. so your first comment was the right one :) i was surprised too to see her admit her prejudices in this. unusual.

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    • 51-65_f_f_h1_f3
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      I am impressed by your friend skyflake, for taking such a step forward and wanting to do something about her homophobia. Glad she realises that this is wrong.

      Reem can you share these resources with me too?

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    • 25-34_f_w_h3_f2
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      Sure :)

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  • 17-24_f_w_h3_f2
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    I'm really glad that she's aware of her homophobia and wants to change that. That's a great first step.

    I think the best thing to do from here is to go through resources on understanding homosexuality and reading about individual people's stories, struggles, and etc. Understanding homosexuality and homophobia first will certainly help and ease the process of going deeper into understanding herself as well and change from there on.

    Also, if you're out to her already, you could have a talk with her about your experiences and etc. She might then slowly start to realize the illogical homophobia perhaps.

    Here are some resources I found that might hopefully be helpful:
    - http://ahwaa.org/topics/8
    - http://gaysifamily.com/2010/04/05/understanding-homophobia/
    - http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/7-16-2004-56674.asp
    - http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/rainbow/html/sexual_prejudice.html
    - http://www.changelingaspects.com/Articles/Sexual%20Prejudice.htm

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    One of the best ways to overcome prejudice is to consciously establish friendships with the group of people you're prejudiced against.

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    This is new actually for me.. Good for your friend, hope others will have your friend's understanding.

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  • 17-24_m_w_h2_f3
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    Actually, she doesn't need to go to see a shrink. Shrink who are conservative and homophobes might think it is a psychological disorders,and she might end up with a bucketful of pills and a ticket for shock therapy.

    better if she join this group, or meeting a decent LGBT members, or talk to one of the activist. Or NGO or health bodies that respect this LGBT issues, like amnesty or Karitas per se.

    adieu

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