n. One who experiences an irrational reaction of panic, revulsion, fear or anger when confronted with the idea of homosexuality. This often manifests as an aggressive obsession to marginalize, deny, disenfranchise or denigrate gay/lesbian people, in the effort to distance one's self from the source of one's emotional distress. Homophobia is often thought to be rooted in an intense fear that one is also capable of experiencing unwanted homosexual attraction, or in unease over being confronted with one's own sexual doubt and insecurity.
A cultural environment that is tolerant of the homophobe leads to a civic environment that establishes a second-class status for gay and lesbian citizens.
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