It seems like a few times a year I read a study about how conservatives or explicit homophobes are more aroused by gay porn and other such things. The Advocate reports on a new study that suggests explicitly homophobic people are less in touch with their sexuality than more accepting people, and repress their attraction to same sex people:
Intense hostility toward LGBT people may be due to a person’s own repressed same-sex attractions and their parental upbringing, a new study by the University of Rochester suggests.
Psychology professor Richard Ryan, who co-authored the study, told USA Today that people who tend to have publicly expressed sexual desires that are disjointed from their unconscious sexual desires see gay people as threatening. Those conflicting feelings lead to expressions of homophobia and discrimination.