May 17th is IDAHOBIT. Some of you might already have an incling into what this day is all about and kudos to you. For the rest that don’t IDAHOBIT is basically an abbreviation for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. It commemorates a day when homosexuality was declassified as a disease/mental illness. A day to celebrate sexual diversity and eradicate ignorance and intolerance. Now in this day and age that we live in, most people in the media loop (social or mainstream) know these terms on a basic level what with the media overexposure and all. I say overexposure because for most if asked, they are being forced to swallow down a pill that they cannot understand nor do they know what benefit it has to them. And I get it. Some 20 years ago even a conversation like this seated in the halo of your own home with your family was a major taboo. Why? For one, you yourself did not understand what was gong on in your own body and your feelings. Second the society by itself had no idea this thing even exists in their midst. They all probably thought it was a fabrication of the media for the hype factor or some government propaganda. All in all everybody was scared. And they still are. That is the only clear definition I have for these ‘phobias’. People fighting something they have no understanding of is nothing more than a reaction.
Now to anybody that has ever been compounded so heavily by a phobia, say-the most common one I’ve seen and heard around-acrophobia (fear of heights), the most prudent course of action for treatment as commonly advertised is flooding. This just means the person is exposed to these fearful situations on a prolonged basis. Another method used is systematic desensitization. This process is quite long so Google it for further explanation. The point is however still the same. To help the person understand the root cause of this irrational fear and get above and beyond it.
Same applies to homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. For too long sex has been taboo to speak about so it only follows that such conversations are a tad bit hard to wrap our heads around. In the era of smart phones and internet however, it takes nothing much out of yourself to gain a little education. Get on your phone, tablet, laptop and click away. Google is your friend. Learn something and then learn a little bit more. Your parents were right. Education IS what will save the world. Do not let something so trivial be the reason you erode your soul filling it with hate over a misunderstanding because that is all it ever really is. That is all I ask of you this IDAHOBIT. You might even get to learn something about yourself that you did not know!! That is the beauty of discovery, you’ll love yourself just a little bit more.