Internalized Stigma Of Homosexuality

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Whereas felt stigma derives from the knowledge that homosexuality is stigmatized, irrespective of whether or not an individual endorses it, internalized stigma is an individual’s tacit acceptance of sexual stigma as part of his or her own value system. Internalized stigma is exhibited by both sexual minorities and homosexuals. Under internalized stigma, the person’s self concept is consistent with the stigmatizing responses of society. The person accepts society’s negative association with homosexuality and consequently harbours negative attitudes towards the self and towards his or her own homosexual desires.

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