Who could have predicted, right?
Well, now it seems like all of everyone’s suspicions are more or less confirmed and researches have finally reached a consensus. Homophobes are actually hidden gay people. However, it seems like not all of them but those who are the most hostile and violent towards gay people. They have found that there is a strong correlation between the radicalism of the homophobic ideas in an individual and his actual homosexual inclinations. The more radical and determined they are, the gayer.
Richard Ryan, a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester said that: “This study shows that if you are feeling that kind of visceral reaction to an out-group, ask yourself, ‘Why?’. Those intense emotions should serve as a call to self-reflection. Sometimes people are threatened by gays and lesbians because they are fearing their own impulses in a sense they ‘doth protest too much’”.
There were four studies that took place and they included students from both the US and Germany and they ended up revealing pretty compelling results. One of the studies involved flashing certain words on a screen and the subjects had to distribute them between two groups: gay or straight. On the same time they had to categorize those same word in another two distinct groups containing the “me” and “others” denominations and they had to do it as fast as possible.
“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. Homophobia is not a laughing matter. It can sometimes have tragic consequences.” professor Richard Ryan suggested.
So, next time you meet a homophobe, give him a hug.