What does heterosexism mean?| Updated on
Heterosexism refers to a prejudice, hatred, or hostility towards LGBTQ+ people. A heterosexist is usually physically, verbally or emotionally violent against LGBTQ+ people.
This term is also (more commonly) known as “homophobia”, although some prefer the term “heterosexism” because “homophobia” can seem to justify acts of hostility by using the excuse of “the fear of the unknown”.
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