Internalized Homophobia

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Vanessa Reapor English 382, Section 01 Professor Hennessee April 19, 2011 Internalized Homophobia Although the American culture has come a long way, it has not fully embraced homosexuality. According to Jennifer Foust, “by being a product of [American] culture, you too may have negative ideas and thoughts about being homosexual. It is known as internalized homophobia. Just because you have identified yourself as lesbian or gay does not mean that those negative thoughts about homosexuality that you have heard and internalized for years just disappear.” Therefore a homosexual dealing with internalized homophobia—also known as Internalized Sexual Stigma—must recognize their negative feelings: shame, guilt, embarrassment and depression. Those suffering from these feelings can experience a sense of isolation. In the movie, The Children’s Hour, for example, Shirley MacLaine’s character of Martha, a lesbian who is suffering from internalized homophobia, commits suicide. Her sense of isolation and self-
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