Though there have been great advances for LGBTQ people in recent years, stigma, intolerance, and prejudice remain. Queers, Bis, and Straight Lies: An Intersectional Examination of LGBTQ Stigma offers an in-depth exploration of LGBTQ negativity through its ground-breaking use of Norm-Centered Stigma Theory (NCST), the first ever theory about stigma that is both testable and well-positioned in existing stigma scholarship.
Based on research with more than 3,000 respondents, hetero-cis-normativity and intersectionality are highlighted as fundamental in understanding separate but interconnected discussions about LGBTQ individuals’ experiences with discrimination, harassment, and violence. With chapters dedicated to lesbian women, gay men, bisexual women, bisexual men, trans women, trans men, non-binary/genderqueer people, queer women, and queer men, Queers, Bis, and Straight Lies brings together empirically-driven findings that work toward dismantling "straight lies" in an innovative and impactful manner.
Through its novel and critical approach, Queers, Bis, and Straight Lies is the ideal resource for those who want to learn about LGBTQ stigma more broadly and for those who seek a nuanced, theory-driven, and intersectional examination of how LGBTQ prejudices and prejudicial experiences differ by gender identity, sexual identity, race/ethnicity, and class.
Table of Contents
About the Author Preface 1: Introduction Part 1: Foundations in Understanding LGBTQ Stigma 2: Theorizing Stigma and Norm-Centered Stigma Theory (NCST) 3: Identifying Hetero-cis-normativity and Intersectionality in LGBTQ Stigma 4: Hetero-cis-normativity and Common Explanations for LGBT(Q) Stigma 5: Measuring LGBTQ Stigma and Hetero-cis-normativity in NCST 6: The LGBTQ Stigma Scales Part 2. NCST And Understanding LGBTQ Stigma 7: Part II Overview 8: Lesbian Women Stigma 9: Gay Men Stigma 10: Bisexual Women Stigma 11: Bisexual Men Stigma 12: Trans Women Stigma 13: Trans Men Stigma 14: Non-Binary/Genderqueer Stigma 15: Queer Women Stigma 16: Queer Men Stigma 17: LGBTQ Stigma, NCST, and Future Research Appendix A: Data and Methodology Appendix B: Tables Index
Meredith G. F. Worthen is a professor of sociology. Her main interests are in the sociological constructions of deviance and stigma, gender, sexuality, and LGBTQ identities, as well as feminist and queer criminology. As a researcher, teacher, and activist, her work dissects multiple dimensions of prejudice in efforts to cultivate understanding, empathy, and social change.