Homophobia   Sexual Prejudice

Understanding Homophobia and Heterosexism

  Prejudice against lesbians and gay men remains widespread in US society, although the public appears to be increasingly opposed to discrimination based on sexual orientation. The links on this page provide a brief introduction to sexual prejudice, the phenomenon that is often labeled homophobia or heterosexism.
  Definitions. What is sexual prejudice? What is homophobia? What is heterosexism?
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Prevalence. What do national surveys reveal about the extent of sexual prejudice? What about support for lesbian and gay rights?
Correlates. What other characteristics are common among heterosexuals who dislike lesbians and gay men?
Motivations. What are the underlying motives for sexual prejudice? What functions does sexual prejudice serve for heterosexuals?
  Personal Contact. Does coming out reduce sexual prejudice?
  Measuring Prejudice. Information about the Attitudes Toward Lesbians and Gay Men (ATLG) Scale.
  Read Dr. Herek's article, Beyond "Homophobia": Thinking About Sexual Stigma and Prejudice in the Twenty-First Century, published in Sexuality Research and Social Policy in 2004.
  Read Dr. Herek's article, Gender Gaps in Public Opinion About Lesbians and Gay Men, published in Public Opinion Quarterly in 2002.
  Read Dr. Herek's article, Heterosexuals' Attitudes Toward Bisexual Men and Women in the United States, published in The Journal of Sex Research in 2002.
  Stigma and Sexual Orientation: Understanding Prejudice Against Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bisexuals. Information about Dr. Herek's 1998 edited volume.
  Other Publications. Abstracts and downloads of selected papers by Dr. Herek on sexual prejudice.
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