Popular belief is that homophobes are themselves closeted gay. If that is not true then what is?
I have to wonder what really motivates those who feel driven to express their anti-gay judgments and comments so vehemently. The latest comes from former actor Kirk Cameron, who stated that he believes homosexuality is "unnatural . . . detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization."
Given Cameron's strong negativity about homosexuality, it may be only a matter of time until we learn that he's been hiding his own sexual demons.
Popular belief has it that homophobic people are themselves most likely gay, but I don't think that is necessarily true. More than likely, they're hiding a sexual secret of their own, whether gay or otherwise.
Public figures are the most prominent, obvious examples. All the time, the media exposes people repressing their own sexual darkness and living in deep shame, while targeting others who are easily visible, in order to divert focus off themselves and their own sexuality. Gay sex is convenient to reproach as reprehensible because of "moral family values" or "what it says in the Bible." The accusation draws attention away from the accuser.
Politicians advocating laws against homosexuality are usually pandering to right-wing voters, but are often in the closet themselves or engaging in gay behaviors on the down low. Examples abound, including former Idaho Republican Larry Craig and former New Jersey Governor Jim McGovern. Bishop Eddie Long used to preach about reparative therapy and finding a "homosexual cure," but was later outed for posting pictures of himself on a gay website, and men accused him of coercing them to have sex.
At least one study suggests that those who are most homophobic are most likely gay. Participants selected for the experiment -- 35 men who were homophobic and 29 controls who weren't. All described themselves as exclusively heterosexual both in terms of sexual arousal and experience.
Each participant was shown explicit videos involving sex acts between heterosexuals, gay males, and lesbians. Subjects' degree of sexual arousal was measured with a penile plethysmography, which precisely measures and records male erections.
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