Homophobia is the hatred or fear of homosexuals - that is, lesbians and gay men - sometimes leading to acts of violence and expressions of hostility. Homophobia is not confined to any one segment of society, and can be found in people from all walks of life. Organized hate groups have viciously attacked gay people and have used especially violent language in attempting to persecute and intimidate them.


A basic definition of Transphobia is: "being motivated by hatred or fear of people or are transgendered". This includes transsexuals, transvestites and people who whose consider themselves a different sex to their birth gender

Homophobia and Transphobia can cover a wide range of abuse, including:

Verbal abuse and name calling - Taunts - Threats of violence
Damage to property - Serious and violent physical assaults