The present study aims to examine how gay men view and perceive someone based upon the suggesting of either a gay or straight sexual orientation in relation to internalized homophobia. One-hundred and twenty-four gay men read a vignette alluding to a stimulus individual as either gay or straight and then watched a video of the stimulus individual. The participants then rated the stimulus individual on sociometric and stereotypic scales. Finally, they filled out a measure of internalized homophobia, the Nungesser Homosexuality Attitudes Inventory (NHAI). The data indicate that the suggestion of homosexuality and an individual’s level of internalized homophobia does not have a significant impact on how gay men view other gay men. Limitations for the generality of these findings are discussed.
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