Behs 220 discussion week 5

Behs 220 discussion week 5

The following are the components of heterosexual privilege:

1. The assumption that everyone is heterosexual.

2. Heterosexuality is the only “normal” sexual orientation.

3. Social institutions, laws, and public policies may exclude the acknowledgment of other sexual orientations or deny rights to LGBTQIA+ individuals.

Please respond to the following questions. Use and cite at least 2 of the week’s resources and 400 words or more in your response.

  • What are some of the “single stories” we have in our culture about LGBTQIA+ people in our culture? How did you learn these stories?
  • Consider the last 2-3 movies or TV shows you have watched. How many LGBTQIA+ characters were represented in them? How were these characters portrayed compared to straight characters?
  • If you were a television or movie executive or director, how could you improve diversity in your industry? Why might this be important?

Requirements: 400 words or more

Below are the learning resources.

Bond, B.J., Miller, B., & Aubrey, J.S. (2019). Sexual References and Consequences for Heterosexual, Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Characters on Television: A Comparison Content Analysis. Mass Communication & Society, 22(1), 72-95.

Haefele-Thomas, A. & Combs, T. (2019). Chapter 2: Sexual Orientation: Stories and Definitions. Introduction to Transgender Studies. Harrington Park Press, LLC.

Tatum, E. (2015, March 29). 10 Examples of Straight Privilege. Everyday Feminism.

Watermark Retirement Communities. (2021, January 20). Not another second: LGBT+ seniors share their stories (Official film) [Video]. YouTube.

Answer preview

Single stories can rob someone’s dignity and identity because they focus on one side of the topic. In our culture today, people still view homosexuality and transsexuality as a disease that can be caught and as mental disorders. That calls for more positive national awareness and campaigns to improve respect for LGBTQIA people and their rights. Even in religious places, schools, healthcare, and government offices, LGBTQIA+ people are still discriminated against because they are not heterosexual (Bond, Miller, & Aubrey, 2019). First, most LGBT people get rejected by families and friends when they come out in the limelight, increasing their risks of depression, anxiety, or adjustment disorders. That is because societies believe that people who have gone against their norms are not supposed to be community members. Such discrimination experiences lead to many adverse consequences affecting their financial, mental, and physical well-being (Bond, Miller, & Aubrey, 2019). Such single stories are not things we read from books but things we see in our culture on how the LGBTQIA people are treated.

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