Homophobia Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old homophobia quotes, homophobia sayings, and homophobia proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


In the same way that racists avoid using words like 'racist' to describe themselves, in favor of wrapping their hatred in terms like 'white pride' in order to make the same thing seem less reprehensible than itself.     

Christina Engela

Being gay is not a mental illness — but homophobia directed at gay people can cause psychological harm to the gay person. It is therefore not the gay person who needs psychiatric intervention from being gay — it is homophobes who need help in dealing with their bigotry and prejudices.     

Christina Engela

Homophobia is very, very difficult to root out, to extricate. That's why we have to bear witness. That's why we have to be so public about it, and that's why we can't just play footsie with it.     

Cornel West

Homophobia is the ignorant and arrogant assumption that copulation and reproduction is all there is to a relationship.     

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Homophobia's just one form of abjection, and wherever you have a marker of deviance - skin colour, gender, gender identity, disability - you get the same mechanisms of prejudice.     

Hal Duncan

Homophobia: the fear that another man will treat you like you treat women.     

Andrew Sullivan

Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood.     

Coretta Scott King

A huge part of what animates homophobia among young people is paranoia and fear of their own capacity to be gay themselves.     

Dan Savage

There are more scriptural reasons to oppose homophobia than to oppose homosexuality.     

John B. Cobb

Homophobia whether internalized or externalized is really fear; it's not hatred, it's fear. It's fear of the truth about ourselves.     

Andrew Sullivan

No matter how quietly homophobia is whispered, it doesn't make it any less loud. You can't whisper hate.     

Leisha Hailey

The roots of homophobia are fear. Fear and more fear.     

George Weinberg

Homophobia is manufactured in high schools, so its probably useful to keep in mind that it really does bother people.     

Zak Orth

When one is a Native lesbian, the desire to connect all becomes an urgent longing. Faced with homophobia from our own communities, faced with racism and homophobia from the outsiders who hold semblances of power over us, we feel that desire to connect in a primal way.     

Beth Brant

We need political power to protect and defend ourselves to eradicate homophobia. This answer may strike some as paranoid or simplistic; but the necessity of a movement that can defend queer people is urgent.     

Urvashi Vaid

We agree that there is rampant misogyny, but misogynists are nowhere to be found; homophobia is a problem but no one is homophobic.     

Teju Cole

If you want to know if racism is a problem in your country, you might not want to ask white people.     

Tim Wise

Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood.     

Corretta Scott KIng

Who is more courageous? The macho gay-basher who roars their hatred or the gay or trans person who faces threats of violence and harm on a daily basis, and carries on being honest about who they are regardless?     

Christina Engela

The specifics and dimensions of familial homophobia are broad and vast. They can range from short-sighted slights to varying degrees of exclusion to brutal attacks that distort the gay person's life to direct and indirect cruelties that literally end that person's existence.     

Sarah Schulman

Shunning is the most common form of homophobia and the easiest to carry out.     

Sarah Schulman

Homophobia is not the fault of gay people. Homophobia is not caused by gay people.     

Sarah Schulman

Homophobia is a pathological manifestation of heterosexual culture.     

Sarah Schulman

Homophobia is now popularly construed to mean fear and dislike of homosexuality and of those who practice it.     

Byrne Fone

Just as homophobia exists between non-homosexual and homosexual people, so it can exist between gay men and lesbians, both as sexism and as incomprehension or dislike of another kind of sexuality.     

Byrne Fone

Antipathy to them— and condemnation, loathing, fear, and proscription of homosexual behavior— is what we call homophobia.     

Byrne Fone

The whole world goes on and on about love. Poets spend their lives writing about it. Everyone thinks it's the most wonderful thing. But, when you mention two guys in love, they forget all that and freak out.     

Mark A. Roeder

Marriage should be between a spouse and a spouse, not a gender and a gender.     

Hendrik Hertzberg

This is why homophobia is a terrible evil: it disguises itself as concern while it is inherently hate.     

Tyler Oakley

Man cannot be homophobic without having concerned himself with another’s sex life.     

Mokokoma Mokhonoana