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Heteronormativity in the Lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Queer Young People.
J Homosex. 2021 Feb 23; 68(3):522-544.JH

Abstract

Heteronormativity, as defined in queer theory, is the presumption and privileging of heterosexuality. Research on how young people make sense of and narrate heteronormativity in their own lives is needed to inform theories of heteronormativity. Using queer and intersectional frameworks, we conducted semi-structured interviews with 14 sexual and gender minority young people (ages 18 to 24), analyzed using thematic analysis, to examine how young adults make sense of heteronormativity. Participants discussed how gender expression informed both sexuality and sexual attraction. Participants prioritized biological parenthood over other family constructions but rarely discussed marriage. Gender, sexuality, and race contributed important contexts for how participants described heteronormativity in their lives and should be the focus of future research. Finally, binaries of gender, sexuality, and family intersected in participants' lives and their narrative constructions.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Population Research Center, University of Texas at Austin , Austin, Texas, USA.Population Research Center, University of Texas at Austin , Austin, Texas, USA.Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Texas at Austin , Austin, Texas, USA.Division of Family Studies and Human Development, Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Arizona , Tucson, Arizona, USA.Division of Family Studies and Human Development, Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Arizona , Tucson, Arizona, USA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

31437417

Citation

Pollitt, Amanda M., et al. "Heteronormativity in the Lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Queer Young People." Journal of Homosexuality, vol. 68, no. 3, 2021, pp. 522-544.
Pollitt AM, Mernitz SE, Russell ST, et al. Heteronormativity in the Lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Queer Young People. J Homosex. 2021;68(3):522-544.
Pollitt, A. M., Mernitz, S. E., Russell, S. T., Curran, M. A., & Toomey, R. B. (2021). Heteronormativity in the Lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Queer Young People. Journal of Homosexuality, 68(3), 522-544. https://doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2019.1656032
Pollitt AM, et al. Heteronormativity in the Lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Queer Young People. J Homosex. 2021 Feb 23;68(3):522-544. PubMed PMID: 31437417.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Heteronormativity in the Lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Queer Young People. AU - Pollitt,Amanda M, AU - Mernitz,Sara E, AU - Russell,Stephen T, AU - Curran,Melissa A, AU - Toomey,Russell B, Y1 - 2019/08/22/ PY - 2022/02/23/pmc-release PY - 2019/8/23/pubmed PY - 2019/8/23/medline PY - 2019/8/23/entrez KW - Gay KW - bisexual KW - gender KW - intersectionality KW - lesbian KW - sexuality KW - transgender KW - youth/emerging adulthood SP - 522 EP - 544 JF - Journal of homosexuality JO - J Homosex VL - 68 IS - 3 N2 - Heteronormativity, as defined in queer theory, is the presumption and privileging of heterosexuality. Research on how young people make sense of and narrate heteronormativity in their own lives is needed to inform theories of heteronormativity. Using queer and intersectional frameworks, we conducted semi-structured interviews with 14 sexual and gender minority young people (ages 18 to 24), analyzed using thematic analysis, to examine how young adults make sense of heteronormativity. Participants discussed how gender expression informed both sexuality and sexual attraction. Participants prioritized biological parenthood over other family constructions but rarely discussed marriage. Gender, sexuality, and race contributed important contexts for how participants described heteronormativity in their lives and should be the focus of future research. Finally, binaries of gender, sexuality, and family intersected in participants' lives and their narrative constructions. SN - 1540-3602 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/31437417/Heteronormativity_in_the_Lives_of_Lesbian_Gay_Bisexual_and_Queer_Young_People_ L2 - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00918369.2019.1656032 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -