23rd EMIS article is on Internalised Homonegativity and Sexual Health
In the 23rd peer-reviewed English-language EMIS article on the European data set, Rigmor Berg and colleagues wanted to know whether gay self stigma / internalised homonegativity is a predisposing factor for various ill health among gay and bisexal men in Europe. It was published on 20 April 2015 in the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health.
Internalising a homonegative environment was not only associated with a non-gay identity, but also with younger age, being in the closet (i.e. not being 'out'), limited gay social affiliation, but also with being less knowledgeable about HIV and HIV testing. Last but but not least, internalised homonegativity was associated with sexual unhappines, loneliness, and an inability to decline unwanted sex.