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Ezekiel J. Krahlin


© 1998 by Ezekiel J. Krahlin
(Jehovah's Queer Witness)

I don't buy into this heterophobia theory, one bit. Any gay
who does, already reveals his own self betrayal, hypocrisy,
and lack of pride. To accuse a gay person of heterophobia (or
biphobia), is like accusing a concentration camp survivor of

As far as the terms "biphobia" and "heterophobia"...they are
invalid because nonexistant.  Whatever disgust a gay person
shows towards bi's and straights is founded on truth, not
illusion...and homophobia possesses such extensive dimensions
of hatred, violence, and ignorance...that to even accuse a gay
person of either biphobia or heterophobia is in itself a
homophobic manipulation. Biphobia is a crock.  So's

Homophobia, on the other hand, is real. A "phobia" is any
unjustified fear or hatred.  From Random House Dictionary:

	pho+bi+a (fO_bEE uh)  n. pl. <-bi+as>

             1.  a persistent, irrational fear of a
        specific object, activity, or situation that
        leads to a compelling desire to avoid it.

Homophobia is totally unjustified. It is a violent and cruel
act of persecution to a vulnerable group of people. Ergo,
homophobia *is* a true phobia. Fear and hatred of
heterosexuals is quite real, as so many are homophobic...and
often difficult to discern which ones aren't.  In our
heterosexist society, no gay person can safely be himself or
herself--anwhere in our nation--without the persistant threat
of being murdered, beat up, job loss, housing loss, or a
number of other hostile responses. It's like living in a world
crowded with Charles Manson types...only you don't know who
are, and who aren't, until you are suddenly attacked from an
unexpected direction.

I have met more than my share of charming, ultra-liberal
heteros, who have totally resolved any bigotry re. racism,
misogyny, anti-Semitism, and so on. They have all bases
covered, but one: They get all bent out of shape when it comes
to gay equality, and eagerly promote vitriolic hatred against
gays, along with physical bashing. Otherwise, they are the
most pleasant people you could ever hope to meet. You can be
friends with them for years, but if you're gay, and begin to
get a bit too "pushy" about gaining equal respect: watch out!

If heterophobia (or biphobia) were real, we'd have roving
gangs of queers bashing straights (or bi's), queer property
owners evicting them, and queer employers firing them. None of
this is the case. But if you insist heterophobia is real, by
pointing out the occassional slur a gay might make about
straights...then you are equating an action that is so
ridculously mild as to be harmless, with another action that
is deplorably brutal and malicious. In other words, you would
be homophobic yourself.