What does heteronormativity mean?| Updated on
Heteronormativity is the belief that heterosexuality is the default sexual orientation and, implicitly, that everyone is cisgender. This belief can be subtle to the heterosexual, cisgender population. For example, institutions (marriage, laws, schools), pop culture (love songs, movies, characters) and social behaviours (“What kind of girls/guys do you like?”) often align with heteronormativity.
Heteronormativity can often lead people within the LGBTQ+ community to feel under-represented or erased from representation.
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