Latent Homosexuality

Latent homosexuality is an erotic inclination toward members of the same sex that is not consciously experienced or expressed in overt action. This may mean a hidden inclination or potential for interest in homosexual relationships, which is either suppressed or not recognised, and which has not yet been explored or may never be explored in fact.

The term was originally proposed by Sigmund Freud. Some argue that the latent homosexuality is a potentially iatrogenic effect (that is, it is not present until suggested by a therapist). Others argue that the term latent is not truly applicable in the case of homosexual urges, since they are often not in the unconscious or unexpressed category, but rather exist in the conscious mind and are (often violently) repressed on a conscious level.

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Latent Homosexuality - Links To Environment
... Others have suggested that latent homosexuality is a result of one's environment ... in a homophobic culture, not being exposed to homosexuality, and being surrounded by members of both genders may encourage latent homosexuality ... environment, such as a single-sex school, prison, or military service, could bring one's latent homosexuality to the surface ...

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