what is internalized homophobia?
- Anonymous1 year agoFavourite answer
When a gay person living in a homophobic society/home internalizes the negative messaging on gay people he/she hears every day over a period of years. This may cause them to remain closeted, not discuss their sexuality or even deny that they are gay. Another example is how some gay people hate on other gay people, like all the flack more feminine or flamboyant gay men receive from other members of their own community. The worst case are those who actively campaign against their own community, as typified by all those anti-gay politicians and religious leaders who are later outed as being gay themselves.
In short hating yourself and other gay people because family/society teaches you to do so.
- reme_1Lv 71 year ago
Growing up knowing that being gay is seriously frowned upon and not being able to get past that.
- Anonymous1 year ago
- abcdefLv 71 year ago
When a person grows up surrounded by a society which pontificates the evils of homosexuality, invariably that person learns to accept the negativity being taught. That person has "internalized" the negativity and if that person perceives him/herself as gay/lesbian, the result is a negative self-image, i.e. internalized homophobia.