What is Heterosexual Privilege?

  • Living without ever having to think twice, face, confront, engage, or cope with anything on this page. Heterosexuals can address these phenomena by social/political forces do not require you to do so.
  • Marrying... which includes the following privileges:
    1. Public recognition and support for an intimate relationship
    2. Receiving cards or phone calls celebrating you commitment to another person.
    3. Supporting activities and social expectations of longevity and stability for your committed relationships.
  • Paid leave from employment and condolences when grieving the death of your partner/lover (i.e. legal members defined by marriage and descendants from marriages).
  • Inheriting from your partner/lover/companion automatically under probate laws.
  • Sharing health, auto, and homeowners' insurance policies at reduced rates.
  • Immediate access to your loved ones in cases of accident or emergency.
  • Family-of-origin support for a life partner/lover/companion.
  • Increased possibilities for getting a job, receiving on the job training and promotion.
  • Kissing/hugging/being affectionate in public without threat or punishment.
  • Talking about your relationship or what projects, vacations, family planning you and your partner/lover are creating.
  • Not questioning your normalcy, sexually and culturally.
  • Expressing pain when a relationship ends and having other people notice and attend to your pain.
  • Adopting children, foster-parenting children.
  • Being employed as a teacher in pre-school through high school without fear of being fired any day because you are assumed to corrupt children.
  • Raising children without threats of state intervention, without children having to be worried which of their friends might reject them because of their parent's sexuality and culture.
  • Dating the person of your desire in your teen years.
  • Living with your partner and doing so openly to all.
  • Receiving validation from your religious community.
  • Receiving social acceptance by neighbors, colleagues, new friends.
  • Not having to hide and lie about same-sex social events.
  • Working without always being identified by your sexuality/culture (e.g. you get to be a farmer, brick layer, artist, etc. without being labeled the heterosexual farmer, the heterosexual teacher).