Heteronormativity

Expectations that exist on many levels, from institutional policies to everyday assumptions about people’s behavior that insist people are going to be in one of two distinct gender categories, and will also be heterosexual.  For example, if a form at your school asked for the name of your legal guardian(s) by only having a box for Mother and a box for Father to fill out.  Or in the extreme, adoption policies that prevent two parents of the same gender from adopting a child.

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