posted on Nov, 29 2003 @ 01:46 AM
For much of this century, homosexuality was defined by the medical and scientific community as a psychiatric disorder. In the last several decades,
however, "homosexuality" has been removed from the diagnostic manual of disorders, and research emphasis has shifted to the other side of the
problem: the study of the negative, sometimes pathological, reactions to homosexuals by heterosexuals.
The term "homophobia" has gained currency as a one-word summary of this widespread problem. Since the early 1980's, scientists attempting to
measure homophobia have developed a number of different homophobia scales and questionnaires.
In 1996, as part of his study on homophobia, Dr. Henry Adams and his colleagues at the University of Georgia developed their own "Homophobia Scale"
by modifying scales used by other researchers in earlier studies. It's a 25-item questionnaire "designed to measure your thoughts, feelings and
behaviors with regards to homosexuality." The instructions stressed: "It is not a test, so there are no right or wrong answers."
Take the test!
26 - Your score rates you as "non-homophobic."
Wow! I answered every question honestly. I guess my answers to the political questions knocked me down from "high grade non-homophobic" to plain
So, from now on, the next time someone labels me a "homophobe" for being opposed to gay marriage, I will provide a link to this thread and ask that
the person change the label to "non-homophobic".
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[edit on 21-4-2005 by pantha]