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.

Lesbians and Gay Men of Color: The Legacy of Ethnosexual Mythologies in Heterosexism

Lesbians and Gay Men of Color: The Legacy of Ethnosexual Mythologies in Heterosexism

Lesbians and gay men of color: The legacy of ethnosexual mythologies in heterosexism

Racism, sexism, and heterosexism are all embedded pervasively in our society and in our socialization. These varied types of oppression assume both personal and institutional designs. Furthermore, the discriminatory practices that accompany them create a unique range of psychological demands and stressors that victims of oppression must learn to manage in addition to the routine range of developmental tasks and life stressors that everyone else faces. Clinical training must include an understanding of the salient factors that must be considered in human development in the context of discriminatory systems and institutions, and in ways that are sensitive to the complex ...

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