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.
Chapter 2: Combating Heterosexism in Educational Institutions: Structural Changes and Strategies
Combating Heterosexism in Educational Institutions: Structural Changes and Strategies
Heterosexism, heterocentrism, and homophobia are different forms of discrimination against recognizing homosexuality and bisexuality as normative forms of sexual expression/orientation. There are many ways in which heterosexism and heterocentrism affect education settings, including the following: in the curriculum, in scholarship and research, through socialization norms, having role models or a lack of role models, in personnel policies that include or exclude domestic partner benefits and relationship/family recognition for lesbians and gay men, through covert discrimination, and through slurs and overt hostility against lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals.
This chapter discusses strategies to identify heterosexism in educational settings, with a primary focus on colleges and universities, and suggests ways to ...