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J Homosex. 2011;58(4):521-46. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2011.555673.

Minimizing heterosexism and homophobia: constructing meaning of out campus LGB life.

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  • 1Department of Sociology, The Ohio State University, 1885 Neil Avenue Mall, Columbus, OH 43210, USA.


This work investigates how American college students make meaning of the heterosexism and homophobia they encounter in their daily lives. Through interviews and a focus group with 23 out lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) college students, analysis yielded four themes: the overwhelming majority of students minimized incidences of heterosexism and homophobia; there was a desire on the part of many respondents to develop an identity apart from, rather than integrated with, sexual identity; the campus climate was generally portrayed as positive; and some participants expressed resistance, suggesting that heterosexism and homophobia can be countered.

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