Being homosexual is like a contagious disease, even friends and family may not want to be associated with you.
After coming out as a gay or lesbian, be ready to deal with harassment and prejudice.
It could be at school or at the place of work; you can feel the toxic attitude wherever you go.
So you have to prepare yourself in case GLAAD can’t back you up.
In some unlucky instances, you may be the center of an attack, and you will literally have to run to save your life.
So, what should you do when someone attacks you for being a homosexual?
Do not fight back
Once you are attacked, the first reaction may be to fight back.
It may feel like the right action to take, but it may not end well for you.
Fighting back gives your attack more reasons to be violent.
You do not want things to get out of hand.
If you find any space to escape, take the earliest chance.
Try reasoning with the attack
Someone attacking you for being a gay or lesbian is because they do not know much about you.
The society has filled people with misinformation about the LGBT community.
Take this chance to reason with your attacker.
Tell them it is not your choice to be who you are.
Remind him/her that you are within your rights and freedom to be yourself.
Try telling the attacker that just because you have different sexual orientation you do not qualify to be discriminated against.
If he/she stops the attack and listens up, you just won over someone.
Stand up to the bully
Sometimes running away or trying to reason with your attacker does not always bear fruits.
If this is the kind of situation you are in, get ready to give your attack an equal dose of his/her arrogance.
Read him your rights and let him know that you are neither afraid nor ashamed of who you are.
Shout for help
It is not all the time you will be able to get away from your attacker. If you think your life is in danger and you cannot help it, call others for help.
Shout to whoever passing by and let them know you are
under attack. Out of many people passing around, there will be that one person who will come to your aid.
Talk to someone about what is happening
The worst thing you can do about being attacked for being a gay or lesbian is keeping everything to yourself.
It may not seem like a big deal now, but it will be traumatic in the years to come.
That is why it is important to share what is happening to you. Let someone you trust know that you are being attacked.
As they say, a problem shared is a problem half solved.
You may get insights into how to prevent future attacks.
There is a lot of negativity towards people with different sexual orientation. It is not surprising that attacks on gays and lesbians have been rising in the recent times. It could be you in the next attack. That is why it is important to know exactly what to do when you come under attack. Whatever you do, staying safe is your priority. Do what you can to get away. There is always another day to fight, and you can do that by staying alive.