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Stigma and Sexual Orientation

Stigma and Sexual Orientation
Understanding Prejudice against Lesbians, Gay Men and Bisexuals

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December 1997 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Whether engendered by homophobia, heterosexism, or simply prejudice, violence and discrimination continue to persecute the gay community, persistent in the courtroom, on the streets, and in the voting booth. Through the 1990s, empirical research on this phenomenon has advanced at a rapid pace and the results of studies using more sophisticated theories and methods to study heterosexual responses to homosexuality have increasingly found their way into mainstream journals and books. Timely and accessible, Stigma and Sexual Orientation makes a significant contribution toward the deeper understanding of homophobia, in addition to providing much-needed insight into the issue of prejudice in general. Under the skillful editorship of Gregory M. Herek, discussions in this volume include:

- the nature of antigay prejudice, stereotypes, and behaviors

- the consequences of homophobia and related phenomena on the well-being of lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals

- the critical need for psychology and science to examine homophobia and related issues

Victimization of individuals in the gay community is testimony to the ugliness of societal prejudices and the constant stresses imposed by such biases. Stigma and Sexual Orientation closely examines issue complexities and equips the reader with insights necessary to better assist members of this population.

Academics, researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and students will find the volume a welcome and enlightening addition to the extant literature.

Gregory M Herek
Karen Franklin
Unassuming Motivations
Contextualizing the Narratives of Antigay Assailants

Drury Sherrod and Peter M Nardi
Homophobia in the Courtroom
An Assessment of Biases against Gay Men and Lesbians in a Multi-Ethnic Sample of Potential Jurors

Mary E Kite and Bernard E Whitley Jr
Do Heterosexual Women and Men Differ in Their Attitudes toward Homosexuality? A Conceptual and Methodological Analysis
Angela Simon
The Relationship between Stereotypes of and Attitudes toward Lesbians and Gays
Geoffrey Haddock and Mark P Zanna
Authoritarianism, Values and the Favorability and Structure of Anti-Gay Attitudes
Douglas Alan Strand
Civil Liberties, Civil Rights and Stigma
Voter Attitudes and Behavior in the Politics of Homosexuality

Joanne Diplacido
Minority Stress among Lesbians, Gay Men and Bisexuals
A Consequence of Heterosexism, Homophobia and Stigmatization

Ilan H Meyer and Laura Dean
Internalized Homophobia, Intimacy and Sexual Behavior among Gay and Bisexual Men
Anthony R D'Augelli
Developmental Implications of Victimization of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Youths
Andrew McLeod and Isiaah Crawford
The Postmodern Family
An Examination of the Psychosocial and Legal Perspectives of Gay and Lesbian Parenting

Greogory M Herek
Bad Science in the Service of Stigma
A Critique of the Cameron Group's Survey Studies


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