Healing the Wounds of Homophobia
ROBERT GARFIELD & MICHAEL LASALA
Men’s internalized homophobia often sabotages their ability to establish meaningful relationships with their partners, friends, families, and even themselves. In our consulting rooms, we find that internalized homophobia raises fears in both gay and straight men that result in shame and contempt around their desire to form closer relationships with other men, and that can be a primary trigger for rage and depression. In this workshop, led by gay and straight co-presenters, we’ll explore:
- How homophobia presents differently with gay and straight clients
- Destructive myths about homosexuality related to masculinity, sexual predation, and dominance/submission
- How homophobia manifests itself across various racial and ethnic groups
- How to reframe homophobic fears and redirect avoidant or aggressive behaviors toward other men
Robert Garfield, MD, teaches family therapy in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. He’s written and presented extensively on men’s issues and is the author of Breaking the Male Code: Unlocking the Power of Friendship.
Michael LaSala, PhD, LCSW, is associate professor and former MSW director at the School of Social Work at Rutgers University. He’s been a practicing clinical social worker and teacher/trainer for 30 years and is the author of Coming Out, Coming Home: Helping Families Adjust to a Gay or Lesbian Child.