Video: Lynne Featherstone on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

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Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone lends her support to today’s International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and talks about the Government’s work in this area.

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  • Transphobia? Is that fear of change? Surely there is a better term than that. It doesn’t actually mean anything close to what it is meant to. Exactly what gives fuel to critics.

  • @3 – And having a ‘terrific’ day doesn’t mean you were filled with terror. Get over it 🙂

  • And I suppose Homophobia is fear of the same, Ian? Language moves on. Anyone who’ll cling to the etymology to deny the concept itself is going to find *some* reason to oppose it, regardless.

  • Of course, even the word phobia is stupid. Yes, much discrimination comes from fear, but much comes from simple hatred. Language changes by consensus (terrific is a good example – terrificus in Latin came to mean both fearful in early modern (16th C) English, which by the early 19th C was meaning intense, and ‘good’ by the late 19th C).

    If we look for new language, we should look for language that works even with those on the other side of debate. For example a new suffix -raedic (from OE Raedan which is the root of ME Hate) would have een better. Also, mangling a suffix – homo, trans, hetero etc which is qualifies the second part of the word (sexual) loses the essential meaning. It means people get confused when those suffixes are used elsewhere. The suffix ‘trans’ especially, where it is used a lot. Perhaps Transphobia is a fear of public forms of travel?

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