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Was anyone surprised when new research suggested that some homophobes were really closet cases? Maybe someone under a rock the past 30 years, because now when a preacher/politician/activist condemns homosexuals, it's even money that there's a rent boy close by with a delightfully filthy story to tell.
As Pride parades take over the streets this weekend and the days ahead, Salon is definitively documenting a particularly virulent enemy of freedom -- the Closet Monster -- beginning with this slide show, which we'll update with your suggestions and any new additions that emerge over time. The criteria: public figures who were actively anti-gay while cloaked in the darkness of the closet. Post your suggestions in the Comments below, and email tips to ClosetMonsters@salon.com.
Slide show researched and compiled by Katie Ryder
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