Or my friend Sophia Cleary, a lesbian comedian based in Los Angeles, who I witnessed leading a room to erupt in laughter as she described the closet much like a horror movie. Sophia spoke of a time she tried desperately to be straight, staring into the mirror yelling, "I'M STRAIGHT. I'M NOT GAY!" We erupted in laughter, the familiarity of this scene relatable, but she closes the joke to state: "That is internalized homophobia. And it's really scary." And scary it is. Many queer folks I know have gone through periods before coming out where we ourselves participated in homophobia or belonged to homophobic spaces. … [Read more...] about What Is Internalized Homophobia?