Looks like the old joke about the most rabid anti-gays being a hair's breadth from a gay bar themselves has some validity. A new study seems to verify what many have thought for ages: these anti-fags are actually fags-in-waiting, repressing their own urges and violently lashing out at people who have had the courage and conviction to face who they are and embrace it.
"In many cases these are people who are at war with themselves and they are turning this internal conflict outward," says Richard Ryan, a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, who helped direct the research. "We laugh at or make fun of such blatant hypocrisy, but in a real way, these people may often themselves be victims of repression and experience exaggerated feelings of threat. Homophobia is not a laughing matter."
Here is the news story on the report (which contains links to the report).