Heterosexism is the assumption that every one is heterosexual. It is a form of oppression that targets gays, lesbians, and bisexual people. Heterosexism confers rights and privileges to heterosexual people that are denied to gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. This is revealed through personal behaviours (telling ‘faggot’ jokes, putting up graffiti, and/or offering verbal and physical harassment), and discriminatory policies, such as denial of health, retirement, and housing benefits. In addition, mainstream media provide few characterisations of gay, lesbian, or bisexual people, and these few are usually stereotypes.

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