is often considered an acceptable prejudice. Kids (and
a lot of grown-ups) still use "fag" and "homo" to put
down people they dislike or consider odd or
effeminate. Winking jokes about being gay are still
regular elements of mainstream television and movies.
Homophobia is a "family values" prejudice.
In an era
when no thinking person would consider making a racial
slur and ethnic bigotry is all but banished from the
media, why are anti-gay comments and stereotypes still
American Psychoanalytic Association presented a public
forum to explore the sources and reasons for this
"permissible" prejudice. The panelists delve into the
psychic and social bases of homophobia.
Hoffman, Chair of the Committee on Public Information
of the American Psychoanalytic Association, introduces
the panel. Comptroller Alan G. Hevesi, whose office
has taken a lead role in gay and lesbian rights, gives
opening remarks. The four panelists bring unique
insights to the forum: Dr Paul Lynch, Harvard Medical
School, the Forum Moderator, followed by the Reverend
Peter Gomes, Harvard University; Dr. Nancy Chodorow,
University of California at Berkeley; and Dr. Ralph
Roughton, Atlanta. Rep. Barney Frank (D.
Massachusetts) was unable to attend because of the
impeachment hearings, but his remarks are read in his
examines with psychoanalytic tools, the roots of
homophobia in the human mind and the reason for
homophobia's seeming normalcy. Psychoanalysis examines
what a person was taught by parents, friends and
community, and the way each person absorbs and uses
was co-sponsored by the American Psychoanalytic
Foundation and by three committees of the American
Psychoanalytic Association (the Committee on Issues of
Homosexuality, the Committee on Social Issues, and the
Committee on Public Information).
Public Forum was held Friday, December 18th, 1998,
during the fall meeting of the American Psychoanalytic