... is the assumption that heterosexuality is the default, preferred, 'normal' state for human beings because of the belief that people fall into one or other category of a strict gender binary . Thus it involves the further assumption that someone's biological sex, sexuality, gender identity, and gender roles are aligned. Such assumptions marginalize lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
(Harris J, White V (2018). A Dictionary of Social Work and Social Care. Oxford University Press. p. 335, 08.05.2020)
The following links give an overview on the topic of heteronormativity.
- What's Heteronormativity?, ADP
- Protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons, Federal Foreign Office
Experiences of discrimination on the basis of heteronormativity at the UoC
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