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In the process of wiping out homophobia, do we start with the young or the elderly?

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I believe that to have a non homophobic world, we must start from the young, because they are learning, and open minded,
where the older people that make up our humanity already have their mentality set on stone, especially in the Arab world.
Many of my friends disagreed at my argument.

The young people of our earth are the people of our future, we must bring a great world for them. This is not a fight for us, this is a fight for what is right. .

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  • 12-16_m_f_h4_f4
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    We start with the young because the future is in their hands but the older ones do have a big say in our societies right now they are parents and raising their children in such a way or teaching them in schools and we need to not ignore them. Between ages 30-60 is a very important demographic to involve.

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  • 17-24_f_w_h2_f1
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    I've noticed that people from our generation, and the newer ones, are more susceptible to accepting homosexuality. Maybe it's because how the media is open about it and the idea isn't that strange or foreign anymore, or it could be because of the fact that people are being educated about the struggles of the LGBT community. It's not something that's so taboo that people don't even talk about it because they can't ignore it. I've found that I am able to bring up the topic of homosexuality with my mother just by associating it with a celebrity that we both know, or a TV show that we're watching. However, that's all from the West. I think that if the media here started being a bit more open to discussion on the topic of homosexuality, for instance introducing gay characters on a show, people won't be able to turn away from it and pretend it doesn't exist. And not just the media, I think the younger generations can be influenced to address the existence of homosexuals in our society. If the youth is strong enough, the elderly will lose their grip.

    • That is a really great thought, especially the last sentence you put.

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    • 17-24_f_w_h2_f1
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      The LGBT community needs to be perceived as human and real instead of as a walking perversion for there to be any positive change in our society and culture.

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    • 17-24_m_w_h3_f3
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      I feel if at least ONE open-minded, well-known figure in the arab world defended gay people on tv or whatever it will make a difference. Not a huge difference of course, but it will be a very good start. I think it will start a wave of discussions in egypt, some will be tolerant and a few will actually defend us and stand up for us, and that will change more people's mind. As long as this is in the dark though, awareness will take a very long time.

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    • Yes, it will definitely bring it out there. But, many Arabian political leaders, well known, and underground care far too much for their reputations.

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    • I think if one well-known figure in the Arab world defended gay people on TV they will have to be prepared for the hate mail and death threats that will quickly follow. I agree with ourgeneration that all of them care too much for their reputation and not at all about equality or justice, or else SOMEONE would have stood up already!

      Waiting for that day and that person. Waiting verrrrry patiently.

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    • 25-34_f_f_h2_f3
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      Not to mention how people who would openly support LGBT rights have no protection from the law, or people for that matter.

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    • 17-24_m_w_h3_f3
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      Someone will have to sacrifice them self, who's it gonna be guys?! :p Yeah I think we're waiting for a miracle to happen. :(

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    • 17-24_f_w_h3_f2
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      Rana's comment is so true and scary. The Arab mentality on this topic is So dangerous so far that if we get an individual to defend us and etc., they will tear her/him apart. I'm feeling bad for the "person" who decides to step in already, haha.

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    • I'm going to step in. Just give me a few years to bring a great approach.

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  • 25-34_f_w_h1_f4
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    It will need a lot of work. I believe working with kids would do better job. Like teaching them from the beginning that we are all humans whatever differences we may have.

    As for our generation, it depends on the level of education and the environment the person is raised at. I sometimes come across some lame posts about homosexuals on Facebook, and like 99% of people are either mocking or judging based on religion. And these people are supposed to be educated and young.

    The media solution is a wonderful one, I just hope they stop bringing lesbians in the movies as sluts and gays as, I dunno, whatever that they are doing !! =/

    We can try ourselves to change the mentality of people around us, step by step, something might actually change.

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  • 17-24_m_w_h3_f1
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    i am 19 years old..and almost everyone that i know is fine with my sexuality..i guess the movies did it's job lol

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  • 17-24_m_w_h2_f3
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    to be honest, the perspective of age group doesn't play a lot of role. it is actually the perspective of the human mind. they work well with visual imagery, gossips and blind accusations from others. perceptions and information are power.

    though if we live in the past, like 200 or 500 years ago, your aptitude, attitude and your virtues becomes the thing that judge you . however, this days, perception and information on how we defines thing become the highest priority. imagine a picture of a part of middle east, and then a picture of middle easterners killing each other, throwing bottle bombs etc... and this picture keeps on repeating over and over, which in turns seeding into the human minds that middle easterners are bunch of red necks that love to bible-knock each other heads off.

    so, to fix this, a comparative in values should be made. where we point out the greatest assets of the homosexuality compared to those of heterosexuality. socio-economics, achievement, social life, and such. religion wise can be discussed by pointing that in the holy scriptures, why the straights have so many points regards the homo's. we can see that indefinitely, we are a peaceful being.

    though this is what they did in america, but in my own believe might work or not.. it is more of a trials. as for me, everyone is equal not by rights, but under the god eyes. and no one can judge you on how you sin.
    teaching the young ones about this matter by making them understand that homosexuality is not a way of lifestyle or fashion or even meals that you can choose or discards. while the old people, we show them through our action.

    sometimes, actions shows how better we are than just mere words.

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