Are Homophobic People Really Gay and Not Accepting It?

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A series of studies recently published in the prestigious Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found higher levels of homophobia in individuals with unacknowledged attractions to the same sex, particularly when they grew up with authoritarian parents who also held homophobic attitudes. In the university press release, Netta Weinstein, the study's lead author said, "Individuals who identify as straight but in psychological tests show a strong attraction to the same sex may be threatened by gays and lesbians because homosexuals remind them of similar tendencies within themselves." In the same release, study co-author Richard Ryan added, "In many cases these are people who are at war with themselves and they are turning this internal conflict outward."
Attitudes towards gay and lesbian people are an important part of current political issues like the legality of same-sex marriage and employment nondiscrimination. Yet little scientific research has been done on what drives such anti-gay attitudes.
Are Homophobic People Really Gay and Not Accepting It?

so, I guess the short answer is "yes". It wold only seem logical anyway. Why else would a person be so obsessed with another persons sexuality - unless they're secretly harboring a sexual attraction towards them?
 
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Many are, many aren't. Same difference.
Red letter day, I agree with Orangecat.

If it's that repressed homosexual feelings can lead some people to homophobic attitudes, that in no way implies that all hmophobes are secretly gay.
 

the watchman

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Red letter day, I agree with Orangecat.

If it's that repressed homosexual feelings can lead some people to homophobic attitudes, that in no way implies that all hmophobes are secretly gay.
"...in no way implies"...that's the opposite of what the study shows. Did either of you actually read the article linked in the OP?