When asked if I would be interested in posting a story about a study that confirms that many homophobes are actually latent or in the closet homosexuals, I could not resist responding: “This story is like a study that proves that most right-wing extremists have lower IQs, less education and many prejudices. DUH!”
OK, so for the record: A collaborative team of researchers from the University of Rochester, the University of Essex (England) and the University of California in Santa Barbara have definitively confirmed that those people who have the most hostile and negative feelings towards homosexuals are themselves secretly attracted to members of their own gender. Their hostility can be seen as either a conscious or unconscious effort to affirm a false heterosexual or bisexual identity to themselves and the world.
Netta Weinstein, leader of the study also noted that such people are often the byproduct of very authoritarian parenting that included disapproval of homosexuality. Co-author Richard Ryan added that:
“In many cases these are people who are at war with themselves and they are turning this internal conflict outward. We laugh at or make fun of such blatant hypocrisy, but in a real way, these people may often themselves be victims of repression and experience exaggerated feelings of threat,” Ryan said. “Homophobia is not a laughing matter. It can sometimes have tragic consequences.”
While the results of this study only confirm that people with homophobic tendencies have a very personal fear of homosexuality, such studies as this should serve as public warning to those religious people and politicians who seem obsessed with challenging the notorious LGBT “agenda” that seeks acceptance and equality, are actually calling public attention to their own personal battles with same-sex attraction.
Details of the four separate experiments conducted by the research team will published in the April issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
In the video below, Prof. Richard Ryan of the University of Rochester discusses the results of the study.
Here is the video: