Language may indeed influence thought. It is impossible to disentangle language from culture in general and to disentangle language from thought. Language transmits sociocultural norms and taboos.
Different LGTB groups are claiming for the visibility of this problem, and are bringing forth the concept of "intra-gender violence" as a new starting point to define these situations.
The sexual diversity and queer studies were widely publicly reviled until 60s, due to stereotypes and prejudices. The change was typified by a dramatic shift in traditional values related to sex, and sexuality.