This week in "of course that guy who hated gays was actually gay," we now have tons of (extremely depressing) evidence that the homicidal, jihadist-inspired homophobic terrorist Omar Mateen might have actually been gay.

First of all, it's important to note that while there's a lot of evidence that suggests what Mateen's motivations might have been, nobody knows exactly what was going on in Mateen's head. There is no doubt that the guy definitely had some weird dad issues going on, but only (a fair amount of) anecdotal evidence that a conflict between sexuality and religion played a role in his crimes. The evidence does make clear, however, that he was raised to be severely homophobic, and therefore if he was gay, he was trapped deeply in the closet.

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A selfie from Mateen's MySpace page. Yes, MySpace. He loved a uniform.
A selfie from Mateen's MySpace page. Yes, MySpace. He loved a uniform.

Initially, Mateen’s father gave America a much different picture, claiming that his son was “very angry” after seeing two men kiss in Miami. As time went on, however, it became clear that erasing any hint that Mateen himself was gay would be a theme in this story.

Then, the Canadian press reported that married couple and Pulse employees Ty Smith and Chris Callen said they had seen Mateen getting drunk at Pulse for over three years, and that Mateen repeatedly had to be asked to leave due to drunkenness. Often when he was in this state, he would complain loudly about how his father was "really strict" and how he'd been made to get married (although presumably not forced to beat her, which he did).

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