I have always objected to the term “homophobia” because it means fear of sameness and have always thought those who harbored anti-gay attitudes did so out of ignorance of or hostility toward people who differed from themselves. But, now we have one study suggesting that the word’s denotation might actually be accurate:
Homophobes could be attracted to people of the same sex but are not admitting it to themselves, a series of psychology studies has found.
Researchers in New York, Essex and California say they’ve found evidence that gays and lesbians remind homophobes of themselves – which is why they develop an intense aversion and fear of them.
They claim homophobic people tend to repress their true sexuality as they’ve often been brought up in families where being gay is not acceptable.
Via Hot Air headlines. That does sometimes seem to be the case. Do recall Joseph Campbell once saying (I’m paraphrasing here), ask a man what he hates and that is his “shadow”, the part of himself that he tries to repress.