Coming Out Can Reduce Sexual Prejudice

Heterosexuals With Personal Contact Have More Positive Feelings toward Lesbians and Gay Men   Research by a UC Davis social psychologist indicates that lesbians and gay men who come out of the closet to their heterosexual friends and family members help to create more positive attitudes toward homosexuality. “Heterosexuals with a gay friend or relative have significantly more favorable attitudes toward lesbians and gay men as a group,” said Dr. Gregory Herek, a professor of psychology at the University of California at Davis and principal investigator for the national opinion survey, published in the April, 1996, issue of Personality and

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