Not all allies, or even queer people, start out as champions of LGBTQ rights. In fact, many allies and queer people are actually ex-homophobes who changed their views over time. Just like formerly anti-gay celebrities, people renounce their homophobia for a multitude of reasons. Some ex-homophobes attribute their former hatred to the way their families raised them; religion definitely plays a part in many ex-homophobe stories.
But according to more than one former homophobe, a lack of queer visibility and exposure lead them to believe conjecture about the gay community. Misconceptions about queer lifestyles even leads to homophobia from LGBTQ celebrities.
All of these stories from ex-homophobes reveal that being an ally to the gay community requires not only being a friend to gay people but also being an advocate for their rights and their visibility.
This Poster Saw A Gay Kid Get Bullied
He Had A Conversation About Normality
This Poster Read Comics That Mentioned LGBTQ Individuals
Her Partner Had Gay Parents
This Poster's Heterosexual Parents Didn't Set A Good Example
He Realized That Anti-Gay Religious Sentiments Weren't Logical