Even in today's society, gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals experience multiple pressures and constraints related to their lifestyles, in addition to the stresses of everyday life. This dual tension can result in psychopathology among gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals. Preventing Heterosexism and Homophobia examines the gay and lesbian experience in light of their tension and points toward a future free of heterosexism. The stress of “coming out,” the uncertainty of parenting their children, and the difficulties facing ethnic minority lesbians and bisexuals cannot be adequately addressed without confronting the heterosexual bias in society. The contributors to this informative volume propose methods geared toward eliminating heterosexual bias in various settings–health care, therapy, communities, corporate America, and education. Ultimately, this book examines both the risks and joys of being gay, lesbian, and bisexual, and how to prevent heterosexism and its effects on the lives of all people, including those of heterosexuals. Students and professionals in interpersonal communication and interpersonal relations, clinical psychology, and public health will benefit greatly from the original perspectives this book has to offer.

The Prevention of Anti-Lesbian/Gay Hate Crimes through Social Change and Empowerment

The prevention of anti-lesbian/gay hate crimes through social change and empowerment
JeanineC.Cogan

Violence against individual lesbians and gay men is a fact of life in the United States that threatens and intimidates all those who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual. The relative lack of attention to this topic from social scientists, lawmakers, politicians, and the general public reflects a heterosexist cultural milieu that both allows and further perpetuates such violence. Preventing hate crimes based on sexual orientation is imperative and requires a dynamic framework that includes both social change and individual empowerment.

The Existence of Violence against Lesbians and Gay Men

Violent persecution of lesbians and gay men has occurred throughout history and, as some researchers suggest, ...

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