Some homosexual men have internalized society's homophobia and buried their sexual feelings deep beneath a manly mask.
This homophobia can come from parents, peers, religious or political leaders.
But the fear of being discovered is so great that they are locked in an iron closet.
These fears include: fear of being disowned by parents, fear of ridicule and violence from peers, fear of damnation and ostracism from religious leaders, and fear of persecution from political leaders.
This repression of sexuality causes great psychological problems and can lead to severe mental illness.
But fear is the key.
Somehow they must overcome their fears and emerge like a butterfly from the closet.
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