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Matthew Shepard  gay bashing
When gangs (often of people with repressed homosexual tendencies) seek out gay people and beat them up or kill them. The most famous gay bashing incident was the crucifixion and murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie Wyoming on 1998-10-07.

The term gay bashing is less frequently used to describe the activities of people like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, encouraging others to mistreat or harm gays, spreading slanders about gays, or working to deny gays people the same civil rights as everyone else.

On reading about gay bashing incidents, a straight person naturally asks, if the attacker hates gays so much, what was he doing in a well known gay bar or cruising area?

Gay bashers are usually closeted gays. They have absorbed tremendous self hate mostly from Christian homophobic sources. They have great resentment at gays who don’t bottle up their urges the way they do. This leads to fantasies of being approached by gays, then beating them up. The push-pull creates unbearable amounts of psychological tension.

I was like this myself in my teen years, though happily no one ever approached me, or at least in an obvious-enough way that I noticed.

This all melts away very rapidly once such a person gets to know a group of gays and finds out they have been told a boatload of lies about gays and there is nothing wrong with them that a roll in the hay would not fix.

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.
~ William Shakespear (born:1564-04-23 died:1616-04-23 at age:52) Gertrude in Hamlet Act III scene ii
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by Douglas Victor Janoff 978-0-8020-8570-2 paperback
publisher University of Toronto 978-0-8020-8781-2 hardcover
published 2005-06-11
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