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J Homosex. 2008;55(1):20-70. doi: 10.1080/00918360802129287.

Toward a multidimensional understanding of heterosexism: the changing nature of prejudice.

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Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver, 2148 S. High St., Denver, CO 80205, USA.


Extending the theoretical understanding of modern prejudice into the realm of heterosexism, it is argued that shifts in the manifestation of prejudice against lesbians and gay men have occurred resulting in an increasingly multidimensional modern heterosexism. Four subdomains of modern heterosexism are identified that are conceptually and empirical distinct from the more traditional hostile heterosexism: aversive heterosexism, amnestic heterosexism, paternalistic heterosexism, and positive stereotypic heterosexism. The Multidimensional Heterosexism Inventory is offered as an instrument to capture the four theorized subdomains of modern heterosexism, and an examination of reliability and validity of the scale is presented.

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