Heteronormativity in the Lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Queer Young People

Amanda M. Pollitt, Sara E. Mernitz, Stephen T Russell, Melissa A Curran, Russell B. Toomey

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Abstract

Heteronormativity, as defined in queer theory, is the presumption and privileging of heterosexuality. Research on how young people make sense of and narrate heteronormativity in their own lives is needed to inform theories of heteronormativity. Using queer and intersectional frameworks, we conducted semi-structured interviews with 14 sexual and gender minority young people (ages 18 to 24), analyzed using thematic analysis, to examine how young adults make sense of heteronormativity. Participants discussed how gender expression informed both sexuality and sexual attraction. Participants prioritized biological parenthood over other family constructions but rarely discussed marriage. Gender, sexuality, and race contributed important contexts for how participants described heteronormativity in their lives and should be the focus of future research. Finally, binaries of gender, sexuality, and family intersected in participants’ lives and their narrative constructions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
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StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019

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Keywords

  • bisexual
  • Gay
  • gender
  • intersectionality
  • lesbian
  • sexuality
  • transgender
  • youth/emerging adulthood

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)

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Heteronormativity in the Lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Queer Young People. / Pollitt, Amanda M.; Mernitz, Sara E.; Russell, Stephen T; Curran, Melissa A; Toomey, Russell B.

In: Journal of Homosexuality, 01.01.2019.

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