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Travel in Hungary - how worried should we be?

My partner and I (both female in our 30s) will be traveling to Central Europe soon and the last leg of our trip will be in Budapest. When we planned the trip, we simply forgot about the current political climate there (right-wing extremism, anti-semitism, xenophobia, homophobia, you name it). How bad is it? Should we be extra-careful? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Is it worth getting into political arguments on Facebook?

I have this friend, we've known each other since we were five and I see her every time I go home. She helped me deal with my abusive ex and recently attended my grandad's funeral which was a difficult time. It's all good until she writes offensive, provocative stuff on FB and I feel like I don't know this person. Do I brush it to one side or engage with it? How would you deal with this? [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday on May 1, 2013 - 35 answers

Psychological implications of bigotry

What happens psychologically to people who fight or confront bigotry for longer periods of time? Are there any studies about depression, PTSD or self-esteem issues? How do anti bigotry/discrimination organizations help their members with these problems?
posted by Foci for Analysis on Mar 31, 2013 - 8 answers

Help! I'm living in a "Family Guy" episode.

My boyfriend of a little more than a year is a totally. great. guy. With one exception: he thinks that being funny means saying whatever overtly racist, homophobic or sexist joke he can think of as a response to many situations. I always stop and tell him it's not cool, then he says, "what? I'm just kidding." Now, I worry he might actually be pretty sexist. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 26, 2013 - 181 answers

Egging!

My family's house was egged. What can I do, and how should I react? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Feb 8, 2013 - 16 answers

Fire the homophobe?

The live-in super of my building has confided in me that he does not like homosexuals. They're already complaints regarding his work but not his homophobia. If I report him, there's a chance he'll lose his job. [more inside]
posted by mizrachi on May 31, 2012 - 39 answers

How can I be a good straight ally at work?

How can I show my support for a new co-worker in my company's homophobic environment? [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand on Apr 7, 2012 - 19 answers

Am I being humorless or did I have the right to speak up?

Had a brief, but harsh exchange of words with someone on an online message board where I stated his response of "No Homo" made me feel uncomfortable. He said I was the most humorless person on the board. Should I learn to accept a joke even if I don't like it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 14, 2011 - 36 answers

Is NOLS a safe place for LGBTQ folks?

I'm a trans-man looking into a month-long NOLS course. Is NOLS a safe place for LGBTQ folks? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 14, 2011 - 7 answers

i need help with my own homophobia, and i'm queer.

i'm a queer with some serious internalized homophobia. how can i move forward without my insecurities hurting me more? (nsfw?) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2011 - 14 answers

Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?

This is for all y'all who are GBLTQQIA-identified (let's use 'queer' for short). Do you find--or how do you find--that living in a non-queer world puts pressure on your intimate relationships and partnerships? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 29, 2011 - 24 answers

What do I do about my casually homophobic workplace?

My workplace is casually homophobic (e.g., "That's so gay," "I think so&so is gay," "Wow dude, how long have you been gay for?"). I'm gay and find this annoying, but one of the offenders is my boss, whom I'm reluctant to correct. How do I deal with this situation tactfully? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 13, 2010 - 39 answers

Well no, I'm nothing *like* Justin Beiber, please stop accusing me of it

How can I stop a group of young boys who I have a leadership role over from making homophobic comments, in a way that will make them ACTUALLY stop, not just when I'm around? [more inside]
posted by Quadlex on Jul 13, 2010 - 69 answers

Husband has homophobic and other issues

My husband is homophobic. I need to do something about this because it's Not Okay, but I think he's got such a deep rooted gay panic I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Jun 7, 2010 - 64 answers

Everyone's a little bit racist and sexist and classist and... you get the idea

Help me fight my own prejudices. [more inside]
posted by tantivy on Apr 12, 2010 - 20 answers

“That’s so gay”: How do you ask/remind people to be a little bit more sensitive without being a buzzkill in social situations?

“That’s so gay”: How do you ask/remind people to be a little bit more sensitive without being a buzzkill in social situations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 17, 2010 - 101 answers

How do I deal with casual racism at family gatherings?

My brothers-in-law tell racist and homophobic jokes at family gatherings. This makes me and my husband uncomfortable. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2010 - 36 answers

Westboro: what the radical christian right logically leads to

The homophobic looney tunes are protesting this weekend. What's the funniest sign I could possible have? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon on Sep 24, 2009 - 95 answers

Can I complain about a doctor online?

I had an absolutely terrible incident with a homophobic doctor. I have taken all the steps to report him to the local College of Physicians and Surgeons, and I hope he gets disciplined, but that doesn't address the systemic problem of homophobia in family physicians in my area (and it doesn't help me find a less homophobic doctor to switch to). I would like to blog about the incident, contact gay and lesbian associations, etc, but I am worried about being sued for libel/slander/I don't know. Will I get in trouble if I write publicly about this incident? Can I use the Dr's name? I'm in Alberta, Canada.
posted by arcticwoman on Sep 11, 2009 - 25 answers

What should I do about being involuntarily outed at work?

I'm about to be involuntarily outed as a bisexual at work. What should I expect? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 27, 2009 - 25 answers

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Question for people familiar with the Polish language and/or political scene: What are the "Patriotyczny Ruch Polski" newsletters I recently found in my heavily Polish neighborhood (Greenpoint, Brooklyn) all about? Here's a scan of a front page. [more inside]
posted by Artifice_Eternity on Jan 3, 2008 - 9 answers

Anti-Christs

Who are the most dangerous "Christian" fundamentalist leaders? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Oct 11, 2007 - 24 answers

Help my friend unfairly accused of homophobia

Asking for a friend: how to deal with someone who deflects criticism with accusations of homophobia and social ostracism? [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol on Aug 9, 2007 - 18 answers

"That's So ____"

How to respond to "casual" homophobia and other similarly immature behavior? [more inside]
posted by rossination on Mar 26, 2007 - 134 answers

Songs with homophobic lyrics?

Songs with homophobic lyrics? [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on Jul 31, 2006 - 51 answers

Everyone keeps calling me a fag

Everywhere I go - walking down the street, hanging out in a bar, sitting there minding my business - nearly everybody that passes me, whether on foot or in a car, feels the need to make some kind of comment about me of the form, "what a fuckin fag," or "you know you're fucking gay," etc. I'm not insecure about my sexuality but the sheer constancy of it is driving me nuts. What would you do? [more inside]
posted by Astragalus on Oct 12, 2005 - 37 answers

When calling someone a "cocks**ker" are you calling them a "girl" or are you calling them a "homo"?

BadWordFilter - Does the word "buttf**ker" refer to a man who sodomizes a woman, and in turn is just a "dirty sex act" word, or does it refer to a homosexual who sodomizes a man and in turn is a homophobic word? Likewise for "cocks**ker"? When calling someone a "cocks**ker" are you calling them a "girl" or are you calling them a "homo"? Am I thinking too much about it, or should I avoid using these words around women / homosexuals so not to appear sexist / homophobic?
posted by pwb503 on Jul 14, 2005 - 41 answers

Debunking anti-gay rhetoric

I'm looking for a link to a specific website that debunks anti-gay arguments. [mi] [more inside]
posted by punishinglemur on Nov 9, 2004 - 7 answers

Is it possible to be a Xian and reject all Paul and Leviticus' homophobia?

Xian Theology: most of the teachings of my wife's Church that really irritate me are either old testament, or from Paul. Given that Paul was not one of the 12 apostles (did he even meet J.C.?) and also that the Bible was put together at Nicea in the 4th century, is it possible to be a Xian and reject all Paul and Leviticus' homophobia? Any speculation as to what Xian teaching would've been like if Paul hadn't sent so many damn letters?
posted by Pericles on Jul 6, 2004 - 50 answers

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