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Homophobia: a challenge for psychosocial nursing.

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Psychosocial Rehabilitation Unit, Eastern State Hospital, Williamsburg, Virginia 23187-8791, USA. ftate@ESH.state.va.us

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1. In 1975, the American Psychological Association stated that homosexuality was not a disorder and that homophobia was a form of prejudice based on stereotypes. 2. Because homophobia, like racism or sexism, is learned, it can be unlearned. 3. People who feel homosexuality is a choice hold more negative attitudes toward individuals who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered. 4. Homophobia not only damages individuals who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered, but also limits heterosexuals by locking them into rigid gender-based roles.

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