Discrimination is defined a differential treatment based on unfair categorization. It is a denial of fairness prompted by prejudice. Forms of discrimination include racism, classism, sexism, ageism, and homophobia.
An oversimplified generalization about a person or group of people without regard for individual differences. Stereotypes may be positive or negative. They are often applied inaccurately when making judgments about an individual.
An attitude, opinion, or feeling without adequate prior knowledge, thought, or reason.
How You Can Protect Our Pride
- Be prepared. At some point you will hear or see something that is discriminatory. Know what you will say or do.
- Point out the behavior to help someone hear what he or she is really saying. Clear, concise statements work well.
- Draw a line. You can't control others, but you can make them aware of what you will not tolerate. You can walk away from a situation to make a point.
- Understand your own biases and come to terms with them.
- Be respectful of all individuals and their viewpoints.
- Learn what individuals' lives are like and the experiences they have had.
- Accept that you are responsible for any of your negative reactions.
- Don't rush the process of trying to understand a person's experiences or identity.
- Don't criticize people for being different.
- Don't force your values on others.
- Develop trust and openness and allow people to be who they are without pressure or judgment.