Being Part Of A Stigmatized Group

1287 Words Nov 20th, 2015 6 Pages
Being part of a stigmatized group often accompanies a sense of negative self-worth. This association can become increasingly evident if an individual is constantly faced with adversities that make the individual feel devalued. Specifically, individuals in the LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) population have unique experiences that proliferate the rate of being marginalized. This marginalization can negatively affect the individual and can be portrayed in multiple ways. At the society level, Herek & Garnets (2007) coined the term sexual stigma to describe this phenomenon in relation to sexual minorities. Sexual stigma, in the researcher’s terms, means that there is an inferior status in relation to a society that does not tolerate of any nonheterosexual behavior, identity, or relationship (Herek & Garnets, 2007). An example of this stigma would be a religion frowning upon a homosexual relationship and not tolerating or devaluing the homosexual couple. Herek also describes this at an individual level: sexual prejudice means “negative attitudes based on sexual orientation” (Herek, 2000), as a result, the individual may feel devalued through various means such as not being able to build relationships with individuals who oppose homosexuality. Both at the societal and individual level can include: prejudice -which is a negative attitude that an individual may associate to an identity (in this case an nonheterosexual identity)-, blatant…
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