Daily encounters with heterosexism

Janet K. Swim, Nicholas B. Pearson, Kristen E. Johnston

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Descriptive information is provided about lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals' everyday experiences with heterosexism. Comparisons are made with participants' experiences with non-heterosexist hassles and with previous research on other types of everyday discrimination. Heterosexist hassles were most likely to be in the form of verbal comments whereas nonheterosexist hassles in the form of behaviors. Compared with nonheterosexist hassles and previous research on other forms of discriminatory hassles, heterosexist hassles were more likely to involve fear of heterosexism. The degree to which LGB members were out and whether participants were bisexual were associated with reporting fear of heterosexism and the total amount of heterosexism experienced, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-48
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 11 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)


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