Homophobia And Heterosexism: A Narrative Analysis

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LGB adolescents become part of a minority group based on the societal view that heterosexuality is favored, leading them to experience heterosexism. Saltzburg found (2007) LGB youth struggle from the society narrative of heterosexism resulting in “fears of disappointing their parents and facing emotional rejection” (p. 58). Narrative therapy is effective with LGB youth and parents by using specific questions and conversations to challenge and discuss heterosexism and homophobia with the parents. One method is to externalize homophobia and heterosexism using conversations such as: 1) identifying and acknowledging in what ways homophobia and heterosexism have come to be constitutive of their life; 2) recognizing how homophobic and heterosexist

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