Wednesday, Nov 25th

Last update06:53:33 AM GMT

You are here News Health Homophobic? Maybe You’re Gay

Homophobic? Maybe You’re Gay

E-mail Print PDF

Homophobic?WHY are political and religious figures who campaign against gay rights so often implicated in sexual encounters with same-sex partners?

In recent years, Ted Haggard, an evangelical leader who preached that homosexuality was a sin, resigned after a scandal involving a former male prostitute; Larry Craig, a United States senator who opposed including sexual orientation in hate-crime legislation, was arrested on suspicion of lewd conduct in a men’s bathroom; and Glenn Murphy Jr., a leader of the Young Republican National Convention and an opponent of same-sex marriage, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge after being accused of sexually assaulting another man.

One theory is that homosexual urges, when repressed out of shame or fear, can be expressed as homophobia. Freud famously called this process a “reaction formation” — the angry battle against the outward symbol of feelings that are inwardly being stifled. Even Mr. Haggard seemed to endorse this idea when, apologizing after his scandal for his anti-gay rhetoric, he said, “I think I was partially so vehement because of my own war.”

It’s a compelling theory — and now there is scientific reason to believe it. In this month’s issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, we and our fellow researchers provide empirical evidence that homophobia can result, at least in part, from the suppression of same-sex desire.


Most Recent Related Stories...

Federal Court: Restrictive WI Abortion Law Is Unconstitutional, Endangers Women's Health

Wisc. abortion law unconstitutionalA Wisconsin law that requires abortion providers to get admitting privileges at nearby hospitals is unconstitutional,...

Doctors from 44 countries call on Ireland to relax abortion laws

Doctors ask Ireland toe ase abortion restrictionsHundreds of doctors from 44 countries including some of Ireland’s most prominent physicians have called on...

CDC says E. coli outbreak linked to Chipotle restaurants now involves six states

Chipolte E.coli outbreak is in six statesAn outbreak of E. coli that was first reported in the Pacific Northwest and linked to...

Pigeons can identify cancerous tissue on x-rays, study finds

Pifeons can identify cancer Pigeons can distinguish between healthy and cancerous tissue in x-rays and microscope slides with an accuracy...
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support!
TVNL Tee Shirt
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support!
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support!
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!