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Home Resources Anti-Oppression Gender & Sexuality Heterosexual Privilege Feature in ?Coming Out?
Heterosexual Privilege Feature in ?Coming Out? PDF Print E-mail
I have Heterosexual Privilege if...

  • I can if I wish arrange to be in the company of people of my sexuality most of the time.

  • I can be sure I will not be denied the right to marry whomever I choose to.

  • I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my sexuality widely represented.

  • When I am told about our national heritage or about "civilization," I am shown that people of my sexuality made it what it is.

  • I can be pretty sure that I can adopt children.

  • I can be sure that children will be given curricular materials that testify to the existence of my sexuality.

  • I can be sure I will not be denied insurance, employment or credit due to my sexuality.

  • I do not have closet anxiety.

  • I can publicly display affection to my loved one without fear of harrassment or attack.

  • I am never asked to speak for all the people of my sexuality.

  • I can remain oblivious of the culture and customs of homosexuals and bisexuals without feeling in my culture any penalty for such oblivion.

  • I can be pretty sure that if I ask to talk to "the person in charge," I will be facing a person of my sexuality.

  • I needn't hide my sexuality in certain situations for personal safety.

  • I can leave a nightclub consisting mostly of people of my sexuality knowing I will not get harrassed or attacked for my sexuality.

  • I can go home from most meetings of organizations I belong to feeling somewhat tied in, rather than isolated, out-of-place, outnumbered, unheard, held at a distance, or feared.

  • I can tell my sexuality to someone without fear of negative consequences.

  • I need not fear financial and emotional truncation from my family simply due to my sexuality.

  • I can be sure that if I need legal or medical help, my sexuality will not work against me.

  • If my day, week, or year is going badly, I need not ask of each negative episode or situation whether it has sexual overtones.

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