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Heterosexism

Myths and Stereotypes That Dehumanize Gay Men Must Be Challenged: Start With These 10!

Murray Lipp | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Murray Lipp

While those who support LGBT equality sometimes innocently engage in stereotyping of gay men, it is ultimately those who promote heterosexist and homophobic agendas who are the most likely to draw on myths and stereotypes in their efforts to rationalize discrimination.

Is Homosexuality a 'Handicap'?

Rob Watson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rob Watson

In the file was a letter from my mother to her cousin, written in November 1992. She stated, "We are now convinced that Rob was born with a handicap and all we can do is love and support him in the same way we would with any other kind of handicap." Handicap? Really?

A Gay Dad Sounds Off on Fundamentalists Who Target My Kids

Rob Watson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rob Watson

That is exactly what author Amber Lee Parker and illustrator Hannah Segura have done with the release of their children's book God Made Dad and Mom. The colorful picture book seems pleasant, but the point of the story clearly is to deride LGBT families.

The Top 10 Arguments Against Gay Marriage: All Receive Failing Grades!

Murray Lipp | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Murray Lipp

There is no logical or reasonable basis for denying same-sex couples access to secular marriage laws. Opposing the inevitable (marriage equality) is a waste of time, money and energy.

We Must Target the Origins of Homophobic Violence: Religion, Patriarchy and Heterosexism

Murray Lipp | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Murray Lipp

Although the increasing visibility of LGBT people and gains in equality may be associated with short-term rises in homophobic violence, these changes are merely triggers. We must move beyond superficial and individualistic analyses of such heinous events and target their root causes.

'So... Who's The Bride?'

Jamie McGonnigal | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jamie McGonnigal

Luckily, we haven't run into any outright bigotry with any of our wedding vendors, so we feel very fortunate. But every time I see a form or am asked for the name of my soon-to-be wife, it's another conversation to have.

Intra-LGBT Discrimination: Beware The Rush To Family Values

Thom Senzee | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Thom Senzee

When we fail to honor, respect and celebrate our community's diversity, the enemy is us. Last year, a troubling story came to my attention, a story that illustrates the perils of becoming too concerned with acceptability by heterosexual standards and conforming to so-called family values.

Why Religious Invocations at Presidential Inaugurations?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Many of our framers, the chief architects of the United States Constitution, most clearly did not have these measures in mind.

Now That The AP Has Banned 'Homophobia,' What Word Should Journalists Use Instead?

Holly R. Cashman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Holly R. Cashman

Given the AP Stylebook's decision to discourage the use of the word "homophobia" by journalists, I thought it might be interesting to take a look at "heterosexism," what it does and doesn't mean, and why it (along with "anti-gay") cannot exactly replace "homophobia."

Fighting A Boogeyman: How Gut Reactions Slowed The LGBT Rights Movement

Phillip M. Miner | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Phillip M. Miner

For the majority of my grandfather's generation, homosexuality was, frankly, just plain gross. This disgust has played an important role in the efficacy of the LGBT rights movement. Our early activists were fighting more than ideas; they were fighting a deeply ingrained gut reaction.

The Associated Press And Terms Like 'Homophobia'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The AP revealed recently that its stylebook will no longer include the word "homophobia" in political or social contexts. Oddly, and for entirely different reasons, I agree that the terms like "homophobia," "biphobia" and "transphobia" are imprecise at best, so I, too, find them problematic.

God And Natural Disasters: It's The Gays' Fault?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Last week ultra-right-wing rabbi Noson Leiter referred to Hurricane Sandy as "divine justice" for the state of New York's 2011 legalization of marriage for same-sex couples. Conservative Christian leaders have long held LGBT people responsible for natural disasters.

An Open Letter To My Heterosexual Brethren About Last Week's National Coming Out Day

Rob Watson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rob Watson

Reflect on your relationship, your most tender romance. Think of the moment when you realized that you were in love with someone and that person loved you back. Now ponder what it would feel like to be asked to make all that a deathly secret, hide it away and cloak it in shame.

WATCH: Confessions Of A 'Heterophobe'

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A hilarious new video aims to turn the tables on the societal wealth of anti-gay sentiment by presenting "heterophobia." Produced by members of t...

Ageism and Heterosexism in Hollywood

Brooke Lewis | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brooke Lewis

Steven shared a few stories with me, and I was surprised by how often he actually deals with heterosexism in the entertainment industry. It seems as though he deals with it almost as much as I and my actress friends deal with ageism and sexism on the casting couch!

The Assumption Of Heterosexuality When You Are A Feminine Lesbian

Megan Evans | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Megan Evans

I want femme lesbians to be recognised for who we are, to be acknowledged, accepted, and respected. I do not want to be seen as my partner's sister, and I do not want to be viewed as not truly belonging to the lesbian community.

The Church Of Latter-Day Saints: Heterosexism, Racism And 'Revelation'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.16.2012 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

"Heterosexism" is pervasive throughout society and each of us, irrespective of sexual or gender identity and expression, is at risk of its harmful effects on many levels.

LGBT Discrimination And The Promise Of Tikkun Olam

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.15.2012 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I have a hope. I hope we can all join together as allies to counter the misunderstanding, marginalization and oppression so we can make real the true potential of "Never Again."

Heterosexism and GOP Presidential Candidates

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Today, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are targeted. Tomorrow, they may come for you. Everyone, therefore, has a self-interest in actively working to dismantle all the many forms of bigotry, including heterosexism.

A How-to-Guide for a PC Halloween

Naima Ramos-Chapman | Posted 12.27.2011 | Black Voices
Naima Ramos-Chapman

Since any costume malfunction can end up in tragic social-suicide, I'd like to take the time to list a few do's and don'ts for costume choices in and out of the office.

Confessions Of A Recovering Homophobe

Deborah Plummer | Posted 08.01.2011 | Healthy Living
Deborah Plummer

I've taught classes on the sexual orientation resolution process; I studied the Kinsey Report; I know the current sexual orientation scholarship. Some of my gay friends say I know more about the subject than they do. Yet I am a recovering homophobe.

Oprah Is Not Gay, Folks!

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Irene Monroe

Oprah is known everywhere around the world, and has touched nearly everyone. Her media stardom and public ministry make her omnipresent as well as om...

After Semenya: Tracking Male and Female, Injury and Insult

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Philip N. Cohen

Men's sex advantage in some sports is not a sexist myth, as The Nation would have you believe.

Let the Episcopal Church say Amen

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Irene Monroe

The conservative arm of the Episcopal Church suggests that the openly-gay Bishop of New Hampshire, Rev. Robinson, should resign to avoid disintegration of the Anglican Communion

Prejudice Alive and Well in the 2008 Elections

Abby L. Ferber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Abby L. Ferber

Of course people always want to know if the children of LGBT parents are more likely to grow up to become gay or lesbian themselves. The answer is no.