Saturday, April 14, 2012

'Homophobic' Christians Likely to be Closeted Gays

A new study published in Personality and Social Psychology concludes that people who are critical of homosexual behavior are more likely to be repressing their own homosexual desires, which is especially evident for those reared by "controlling or authoritarian" parents (e.g.: those who teach their children that homosexual behavior is sinful).

Study author Richard Ryan, Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry and Education, comments on high-profile examples of "Christian hypocrites" such as Pastor Ted Haggard and George Rekers, co-founder of the Family Research Council.

-- From "Study: Some homophobia self-phobia?" by UPI 4/7/12

Study co-author Richard Ryan of University of Rochester and colleagues at the University of Essex in England and the University of California, Santa Barbara, said they conducted four separate experiments in the United States and Germany, each with an average of 160 college students.

"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," said lead author Netta Weinstein, a lecturer at the University of Essex.

"In a predominately heterosexual society, 'know thyself' can be a challenge for many gay individuals. But in controlling and homophobic homes, embracing a minority sexual orientation can be terrifying," Weinstein said. "These individuals risk losing the love and approval of their parents if they admit to same sex attractions, so many people deny or repress that part of themselves."

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From "Homophobia may reveal denial of own same-sex attraction, study suggests" by Monica DyBuncio, CBS News 4/10/12

. . . the study showed that participants with parents accepting of homosexuality were more open and aware of their implicit sexual orientation, while those with authoritative parents were more likely to deny their implicit sexual orientation. The researchers found participants who said they were heterosexual but revealed different reactions on their implicit tests were more likely to act with hostility toward gay people.

The researchers say their study is the first to show the role both parenting and sexual orientation play in the formation of the intense and visceral fear that is homophobia.

These studies may also shed some light on gay hate crimes, according to the researchers. People in denial of their sexual orientation often perceive threats from homosexuals and are therefore more disposed to lash out at them, the researchers said. They mention the 1998 murder of Matthew Shephard and the 2011 shooting of Larry King as possible examples.

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From "Homophobes Gay? Study Ties Anti-Gay Outlook To Homosexuality, Authoritarian Parenting" by Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience Managing Editor 4/9/12

This inner conflict can be seen in some high-profile cases in which anti-gay public figures are caught engaging in same-sex acts, the researchers say. For instance, evangelical preacher and anti-gay-marriage advocate Ted Haggard was caught in a gay sex scandal in 2006. And in 2010, prominent anti-gay activist and co-founder of conservative Family Research Council George Rekers was reportedly spotted in 2010 with a male escort rented from According to news reports, the escort confirmed Rekers is gay.

"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," Ryan said.

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