Homophobia is the norm in some societies. It’s even institutionalised in countries like India, where gays and lesbians have no legal protection against abuse and discrimination.
Living with the constant fear of homophobic abuse and harassment is very difficult. At its most extreme, it can take the form of serious physical violence. But everyday bullying and isolation can be equally hard to endure. So what exactly is homophobia, and how can you learn to cope?