Homophobes should consider a little self-reflection, suggests a new study finding those individuals who are most hostile toward gays and hold strong anti-gay views may themselves have same-sex desires, albeit undercover ones. The prejudice of homophobia may also stem from authoritarian parents, particularly those with homophobic views as well, the researchers added. The research, published in the April issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, reveals the nuances of prejudices like homophobia , which can ultimately have dire consequences. Hidden homosexuality In four studies, the researchers looked at the discrepancies between what people say about their sexual orientation and their implicit sexual orientation based on a reaction-time test. The studies involved college students from Germany and the United States.
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Even before the shooting rampage at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. Politicians have been divided on how to define the Orlando tragedy. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, has omitted any mention of gays when talking about the massacre, and Representative Pete Sessions of Texas has said the site of the shooting was not a gay club. According to a CBS News poll released on Wednesday, however, most Americans call the attack both a hate crime and terrorism. Nearly a fifth of the 5, so-called single-bias hate crimes reported to the F.
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Battling the 'homosexual agenda,' the hard-line religious right has made a series of incendiary claims. But they're just not true. Ever since born-again singer and orange juice pitchwoman Anita Bryant helped kick off the contemporary anti-gay movement some 40 years ago, hard-line elements of the religious right have been searching for ways to demonize gay people — or, at a minimum, to find arguments that will prevent their normalization in society. For the former Florida beauty queen and her Save Our Children group, it was the alleged plans of gay men and lesbians to "recruit" in schools that provided the fodder for their crusade. But in addition to hawking that myth, the legions of anti-gay activists who followed have added a panoply of others, ranging from the extremely doubtful claim that sexual orientation is a choice, to unalloyed lies like the claims that gay men molest children far more than heterosexuals or that hate crime laws will lead to the legalization of bestiality and necrophilia.
The House chamber erupted in an ovation — and among the first to stand applauding was Vice President Mike Pence. As a gay man myself — and someone who not only cares deeply about these issues but advocated on behalf of the LGBT community myself for years — this is not an assertion I make lightly. Yet false accusations that the evangelical stalwart is a virulent homophobe who went out of his way to target gay people for harassment, oppression, and even physical torture have dogged Pence for years. He wanted to ban that in Indiana.