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“Internalised homophobia against myself is something I have dealt with my whole life. And so my life mission for myself, personally, is to just smash down all of those walls and be exactly who I want to be” - Troye Sivan

Living in an unwelcoming world can lead to feelings of shame or not being good enough. Recognising that we’ve all been shaped by this reality is the first step in overcoming our own internalised homophobia.

Here are some tips on dealing with internalised homophobia:

• Recognise these feelings and the negative things you tell yourself
• Identify and address the sources of these feelings and thoughts
• Eliminate sources of homophobia in your life, where possible
• Steer clear of homophobic people as far as possible
• Spend time with LGBTIQ people and learn from them
• Surround yourself with supportive people
• Learn to love and accept yourself
• Talk to a professional

If you need advice or support:
- Ask Dr Dick your questions here
- Get FREE face-to-face counselling at the TEN81 Centre in Pretoria (Book now on 066 190 5812)
- or get FREE telephonic counselling nationwide (066 190 5812)