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What is Heterosexism?   

Heterosexism is a term used to describe a bias exhibited by a society or community that is often subtle but nonetheless pervasive, whereby cultural institutions and individuals are conditioned to expect others to live and behave as if everyone were heterosexual.

Heterosexism, like sexism, is firmly entrenched in the prevailing customs, traditions and institutions of society. It serves to silence and erase the lives of lesbian, gay and bisexual people, creating a dearth of positive cultural images.

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