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Conversation Questions

Gay Community

  • What’s the meaning of “homosexual”? And “heterosexual”?
  • Are there many words in your language to refer to homosexuals?
    • About how many of them would you say are not offensive?
  • How is it being gay in your country?
  • Do you know anyone who is gay?
    • How about any celebrities?
    • Or any historical figure?
    • Are there any gay characters on a current TV series?
    • Could you tell us about them?
  • Do you think gay people have enough role models in our society to identify themselves with?
  • Do you think those references portrait a positive image of the gays?
    • Do they help the gay community to enhance their self-esteem?
  • What’s the meaning of “homophobia”?
    • In your view, is there homophobia in our society? If not, why?
  • Do you believe that the gay community is being discriminated against in any way?
    • If so, why do you think there is such discrimination?
  • What problems do you think someone goes through when they find out they are gay?
  • Do you think they should try to change?
  • In your opinion, should they say they are gay?
  • What do you think your parents’ reaction would be if you told them you are gay?
    • Do you think one of them would take it better / worse?
    • Do you think their first reaction would persist or would it change?
  • How about your best friend’s reaction?
  • How would you react if one of your children told you they’re gay?
  • What are the main problems gays have to face at college?
  • Is it easier for a gay to live in a village or in a city?
  • Is being gay more difficult in some countries than others?
  • In your opinion, can a gay be a religious person?
  • What main problems do gays have in the military?
  • In what ways does the gay community try to tackle homophobia? Are they being successful?
  • What main achievements have they had in the last 25 years?
  • How important are gay associations or organizations?
  • Do you think being lesbian is viewed as being worse, the same or better than being gay in our society?
    • Are they simply ignored?
    • Could you name any famous lesbian through history?
  • Do you believe gays and heterosexuals have the same rights? Do they have equal duties?
  • What’s your opinion on gay marriage?
  • What do you think of adoption by gay couples?
    • Do you think homosexual families can bring up children as well as straight families? If not, why?
  • Is AIDS a major problem for the homosexuals only?
    • What do you know about this disease?
    • How do you think it is transmitted?
  • Could you define the word “stereotype”?
    • What stereotypes do you know about gays?