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Homophobia is the fear of homosexuals or same-gendered people, or of being homosexual. Causes of homophobia include traumatic experiences with homosexuals, brain chemistry, teachings from childhood, and even hanging out with same-sex people too frequently. Sufferers may strongly judge if people are homosexual by their appearance. So if they perceive to be likely a homosexual, they would avoid encountering them by simply get away and hide. Some sufferers may also be afraid of same-sex people may attract and date them. They would be eager to look for an opposite-gendered person to date.

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