If the Orlando Shooter was Gay, Could He Still Be Homophobic?

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There has been much talk  about the Orlando shooter being gay and people are trying to understand what his motivation was and if he was homophobic.   Which has then raised the question:  Can you be homophobic if you are gay?   He seemed like an evil (self hating) homophobe to me, but GLADD responded to these speculations with a statement from President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis:

“Forty-nine innocent people were brutally massacred in an LGBT space – this we know for certain. This atrocity was an attack on the LGBT community, it was an attack on our country, and it was an attack on the core American values of equality and freedom for everyone. Whether the gunman’s homophobia spurred from hatred of others or hatred of himself, this is homophobia all the same. And it’s sadly just the latest example of homophobia turning to horrific violence, just as it has for decades.”

Ellis continued,

“This hatred for the LGBT community is something that the gunman learned right here at home, not outside our borders. This is the same hatred that led to the murders of over a dozen transgender Americans this year, most of them women of color. This is the same hatred that’s been espoused by American lawmakers who have proposed over 100 anti-LGBT bills this year. And this is the same hatred that we all must come together to end once and for all. Acceptance must prevail.”