Heterosexism: A pedagogy of homophobic oppression
De Gruyter Mouton
Place of Publication
Rivers, D. J., & Zotzmann, K.
School of Education
This chapter is written in a tenuous present for sexually and gender diverse Australians. Steps toward equality have been achieved through battles fought by previous generations, resulting in the current fragile rights and freedoms which gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people have in this country. While progress has undoubtedly been made protecting the rights of LGBTIQ people in Australia, and although this progress "may have made institutionalised heterosexuality porous ... it is still subjected to the minoritizing forces that excluded it in the first place" (Weeks, 2007: 32). Any questioning of the heteronormative status quo, however, has not gone unnoticed by those who seek to maintain the status quo.