het·​ero·​sex·​ism | \ˌhe-tə-rō-ˈsek-si-zəm \

Definition of heterosexism 

: discrimination or prejudice by heterosexuals against homosexuals

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heterosexist \ ˌhe-​tə-​rō-​ˈsek-​sist \ adjective

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Heterosexism: A system of oppression that considers heterosexuality the norm and discriminates against people who display non-heterosexual behaviors and identities. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, "LGBTQ definitions every good ally should know," 15 June 2017

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First Known Use of heterosexism

1972, in the meaning defined above

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