chapter  4
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Therapeutic Meanings of Antihomosexuality

I n all Likelihood, a gay man will come into treatm ent having endured some experiences of ostracism, shaming, rejection, and perhaps even violence. The bases upon which these experiences will have been rationalized by those who perpetrated them will vary. Furthermore, the ways in which these experiences may have been internalized, and rationalized by a gay man will vary as well. It is highly probable that a therapist treating a gay man will also have been exposed to the cultural attitudes that led to the enactm ent and rationalization of these experiences, and will therefore have to contend with their internalized aspects. In the course of psychotherapy with a gay patient, the gay therapist is likely to draw upon personal experiences in this arena in trying to explore what such experiences mean to the patient. If the therapist is not gay, the gay patient’s experience of antihom osexuality will inevitably force the therapist to reexamine the belief systems with which he or she was raised (Marmor, 1996).