More evidence that homophobia can arise from one’s own secret gay urges

Several months ago, I reported HERE on a study indicating that homophobia is sometimes associated with a person’s own homosexual arousal.

And now there’s THIS:

Homophobia is more pronounced in individuals with an unacknowledged attraction to the same sex and who grew up with authoritarian parents who forbade such desires, a series of psychology studies demonstrates.

The study is the first to document the role that both parenting and sexual orientation play in the formation of intense and visceral fear of homosexuals, including self-reported homophobic attitudes, discriminatory bias, implicit hostility towards gays, and endorsement of anti-gay policies. Conducted by a team from the University of Rochester, the University of Essex, England, and the University of California in Santa Barbara, the research will be published the April issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

“Individuals who identify as straight but in psychological tests show a strong attraction to the same sex may be threatened by gays and lesbians because homosexuals remind them of similar tendencies within themselves,” explains Netta Weinstein, a lecturer at the University of Essex and the study’s lead author.

Of course, findings like these are potentially powerful ammunition in the war against homophobic bullies. Guys like that don’t want to be accused of being secretly gay themselves.


1 Comment

  1. billy wingartenson

    this is old news. the more virulent they are against gays, the more likely they are wishing for a same sex lover.


    BTW George Rekers, head of the fix the gays group NARTH got caught iwth his rentaboy. The big deal, not in the link, is that if you check the rentboy.com site for the cost of a two week vacation “male escort” (what rekers paid for) its about $15000/ Capitalism at its finest.

    Rekers also founded the virulently anti gay group FRC, whose #2 Spriggs said on MSNBC that he wanted to “export gays” He obviously was referring to Nazi Germany where the gays jooined the Jews in Hitler’s ovens.

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