Hypothesis between interpe friends and/or hypothesis also appears to be a exposure hetero friends, and/or (Finlay & Walth Inalla, 2002; H Strickland, 200
4 claimed there would be a ne rsonal contact with gay men an family members and homophobia. echoes the findings within th negative correlation between sexuals have to homosexuals as family members and their over er, 2003; Lewis, 2003; Herek, offmann & Bakken, 2001; Plugge 1; Herek 2000b; Berkman & Zinb ; Herek & Glunt 1993; Herek, 1 is also important to note than
(1993) found this to among heterosexuals. men and lesbians has of homophobia in the
be the strongest predict Decreased interpersonal also been proposed as on African American populat
gative correlation d/or lesbians as
Support for this e literature. There the amount of
acquaintances, all homophobia 2002a; Landen &
erg, 1997; Herek & 988; Douglas, et.
Herek and Glunt or of homophobia contact with gay e etiologic source ion, which tends to
have less interaction (Lewis, 2003).
The greater degree of interpersonal contact individuals have with gays and lesbians through friendships or familial ties, the lesser degree of homophobia they possess (Finlay & Walther, 2003). Perhaps increased interaction with homosexuals lowers homophobia because heterosexuals begin to erode their misconceptions about homosexuality by clarifying beliefs regarding sexual behavior, gay culture, and stereotype.