Study: Gay Bashers May Be Gay

Researchers say extreme homophobia could stem from repressed sexual tendencies

by Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

Homophobic? Well, you might just be gay. Paging Dr. Freud.

USA Today reports that a recent study finds those who are particularly anti-homosexual might be repressing their own same-sex tendencies.

Couple that with “an authoritarian upbringing” and you get folks “more likely to express prejudice and discrimination toward them,” Richard Ryan, a co-author of the study and psych professor at the University of Rochester, tells the newspaper. “If you come from a controlling home where your parents do have negative attitudes toward gays and lesbians, you're even more likely to suppress same-sex attraction and more likely to have this discrepancy that leads to having homophobia and feeling threatened.”

The research backs up the theory that bullies are often acting out of their own insecurities, the newspaper suggests.

“Some people who are threatened by gays and lesbians and are most vociferous in their opposition to them are suffering internally themselves,” Ryan tells USA Today.

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