heterophobia

noun
het·​ero·​pho·​bia | \ˌhe-tə-rə-ˈfō-bē-ə \
plural heterophobias

Definition of heterophobia 

: irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against heterosexual people As in so many areas of our society, divisions are drawn in black and white; there are no shades of gray. Homophobia is countered by heterophobia; the empty answer to gay-bashing is a vow to bash back. There are sadder developments in American life, I suppose, but for the moment, I can't think of one.— Pete Hamill, Esquire, August 1990

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Other Words from heterophobia

heterophobe \ˈhe-​tə-​rə-​ˌfōb \ noun plural heterophobes
Raised by equally disenfranchised drag queens in San Francisco … Cho became a self-confessed heterophobe. — Leatrice Spevack, The Toronto Star, 2 Mar. 2001
heterophobic \ˌhe-​tə-​rə-​ˈfō-​bik \ adjective
Take straight men, for example. Most of my life I avoided them … . At one point I was just as heterophobic as I thought they were homophobic, and I lived in isolation. — Cameron Lopez, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Feb. 2006

First Known Use of heterophobia

1978, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heterophobia

hetero- (in sense “heterosexual”) + -phobia

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