I have seen a lot recently about appropriation and using words that slur or demean people, regardless of intent. And want to bring some attention to just that thing. This is serious, despite how it may be easy to see this a trolling, joking, or baiting others.

Phobia is not Hate.

Let me be clear, using the term phobia as a synonym for hate is no less offensive than calling that with which you disagree ‘retarded’ or ‘gay’. If you wouldn’t use those terms, you shouldn’t use phobia either. A phobia is not something that the phobic can help, and not something we want to have used as connoting hate or intolerance.

So stop it. Our condition is not there for you to misuse in your ignorance.