It's no secret that apart from living in homophobic societies, amongst homophobic families, classmates or colleagues, we also have to deal with an increasing amount of homophobia in the media. You'd think because this subject being taboo we won't get to hear about it as much, but I believe a lot of the misunderstanding, prejudice, discrimination and hate stems in part from the kind of coverage LGBT issues get in this region.
When I came out to my family, my mother spent weeks sending me articles and quoting all these ignorant journalists to try and convince me how wrong homosexuality is, how severely punishable it is and worse, how to cure it! I was shocked at the amount of homophobic propaganda out there who take advantage of their gullible readers.
As part of my own battle, a few friends and I have began to write to the editors of any newspapers or the producers of any TV program that attempts to fuel homophobia with their garbage and one-sided reporting. Not once have any of us ever gotten a response, in fact in some cases it seems to have backfired with some papers publishing even more homophobic content. Does anyone have any suggestions on how best to make our voices and perspectives heard to limit homophobic abuse through media channels that are supposed to inform and educate? .