latent homosexuality

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la·tent ho·mo·sex·u·al·i·ty

an erotic inclination toward members of the same sex not consciously experienced or expressed in overt action, as opposed to overt homosexuality Use of this term is disappearing because of both its potentially iatrogenic effect and the inability to validate the phenomenon by techniques outside psychoanalytic theory.
Unconsciously repressed homosexuality

latent homosexuality

Unconsciously repressed homosexuality. Cf Circumstantial homosexuality, Closet, Homosexuality.
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Hector is discovered sexually assaulting a boy and later Irwin's latent homosexual inclinations emerge.
Still, Gide had broached the subject as early as 1902 with his subtly homoerotic novel L'Immoraliste, in which the main character Michel is evidently a latent homosexual.
Slow down, smile for the speed camera, don't jump-lights and don't show any latent homosexual tendencies by coming too close to the exhaust pipe of the car in front
He writes: "For example, Bergler describes climbing as 'sublimated penis worship - the expression of latent homosexual desire'.
Even more significant to a reader searching for signs of latent homosexual desire are Jake's descriptions of the male-male engagement taking place in the bull ring.
Of course, that was before Gore Vidal told the makers of ``The Celluloid Closet'' about the movie's latent homosexual subplot, a revelation made all the more amusing because it got Charlton Heston so riled up.