LGBTQ Stereotypes and Myths

Stereotypes become dangerous when they move from generalized simplifications to stories (myths) about a group and these myths attach a  value judgments about the individuals in a group.

  • When a Stereotype/Myth/Value judgment is applied to every member of a group, it opens the door for discrimination, stigmatization, and even verbal or physical violence.
  • Stereotypes/Myths/Value judgments become automatic gut reactions that close opportunities for relationships and discussions.

Click on the myth to get the facts!

Myth #1 : Being LGBTQ is a choice.
Myth #2: Transgender people are confused or tricking others.
Myth #3: Gay people can change.
Myth #4: Gay men molest children.
Myth #5: The bathroom threat is real.
Myth #6: Same sex parents harm children.
Myth #7: Being LGBTQ is a mental disorder.
Myth #8: People can be turned gay.
Myth #9: Children are too young to know.

Why does it matter?

These value judgments are used to excuse unequal treatment, rejection and discrimination. They have a negative social and personal impact on LGBTQ lives and the greater social structure.


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