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Since everyone in Europe is posting photos of Gay Pride in their countries, I thought I'd add one more from this year's celebration in Indianapolis.

But this one has a subtle (or perhaps not so subtle) image of "horizontal" homophobia. The man in the middle of the frame is looking at the joyful drag queen with a look of shock (?) or disbelief (?) while she happily goes by enjoying herself.

When gay people act out the homophobic tendencies of the majority culture against the members of our own community, we call it "horizontal hatred" or "internalized homophobia" --certain members of the group are made the targets of homophobia from gay people, and drag queens and other gender non-conformists are usually those who suffer most. Sometimes just in subtle ways as we see in the photo.

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