"We're Disgusted With Queers, not Fearful of Them": The Interrelationships Among Disgust, Gay Men's Sexual Behavior, and Homonegativity

J Homosex. 2019;66(7):1014-1033. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2018.1490576. Epub 2018 Jul 27.


Using a combination of personal reflections, published literature, and original empirical research, we argue that the disgust triggered by gay men's sexual practices (specifically, anal intercourse) is a critical, though overlooked, contributor to heterosexual men and women's homonegativity (i.e., negative attitudes and behaviors directed toward men who are or are perceived to be gay). We conclude our article by articulating several directions for future inquiry that we believe will advance current understanding of prejudice and discrimination directed toward gay men.

Keywords: Homonegativity; anal intercourse; disgust; gay men; homophobia; prejudice; sexual behavior.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Disgust*
  • Fear
  • Female
  • Heterosexuality / psychology*
  • Homophobia / psychology*
  • Homosexuality, Male*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prejudice
  • Sexual Behavior*