The Psychology of Sexual Prejudice

  title={The Psychology of Sexual Prejudice},
  author={Gregory M. Herek},
  journal={Current Directions in Psychological Science},
  pages={19 - 22}
  • G. Herek
  • Published 2000
  • Psychology
  • Current Directions in Psychological Science
Sexual prejudice refers to negative attitudes toward an individual because of her or his sexual orientation. In this article, the term is used to characterize heterosexuals' negative attitudes toward (a) homosexual behavior, (b) people with a homosexual or bisexual orientation, and (c) communities of gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. Sexual prejudice is a preferable term to homophobia because it conveys no assumptions about the motivations underlying negative attitudes, locates the study of… Expand
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