heteronormativity

a set of social norms supporting heterosexuality as the dominant sexuality as well as the alignment of biological sex, sexuality, gender identity, and gender roles (Lovaas & Jenkins, 2006)

heteronormativity and gender neutral language

Laci Green Talks about Gender, Sexual Orientation and Language

“Why do you call him your partner? Isn’t he your boyfriend?”

Gender-neutral language is inclusive… When everyone uses the word ‘partner’ it includes non-binaries, so people who don’t necessarily fit into a two-gender structure… and by everyone using the word ‘partner’, we didn’t force anybody in the group to out themselves to out themselves if they weren’t heterosexual…

The Inclusion of Gender Neutral Language

… that enabled me to be inclusive and create a comfortable environment for people…

Only the person in the relationship can define the relationship… Think over the implications of different terms…

If you don’t like partner or bfgf, here’s some more gender-neutral language that might be more appealing…

Your ‘Significant Other’… ‘Companion’… your ‘Friend-Plus’… your ‘Darling’… your ‘Crush’… your ‘Civil Partner’… your ‘Bedmate’… your ‘Honey’…

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