The Myth of the Violent, Self-Hating Gay Homophobe

6/16/2016 - Professor of Psychology Gregory M. Herek in New York Magazine.

In the three days since 29-year-old security guard Omar Mateen killed 49 people at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, reports have begun to emerge that the shooter may have been gay himself. The FBI is now investigatingwhether he had accounts on Grindr or other gay dating apps, and whether he patronized Pulse in the past, as some have claimed.

Several news outlets, meanwhile, have reported on the possibility that Mateen was driven to violence by his own self-hatred.

Read the full story in New York Magazine.