(This is blatant thievery, so let me give credit where it's due. The original post can be found at The Queers United Blog. And boy, am I glad they posted it!)

Most of you have seen the post about the heterosexual questionnaire. Well below is the heterosexual privilege checklist.

On a daily basis as a straight person…

* I can be pretty sure that my roomate, hallmates and classmates will be comfortable with my sexual orientation.

* If I pick up a magazine, watch TV, or play music, I can be certain my sexual orientation will be represented.

* When I talk about my heterosexuality (such as in a joke or talking about my relationships), I will not be accused of pushing my sexual orientation onto others.

* I do not have to fear that if my family or friends find out about my sexual orientation there will be economic, emotional, physical or psychological consequences.

* I did not grow up with games that attack my sexual orientation (IE fag tag or smear the queer).

* I am not accused of being abused, warped or psychologically confused because of my sexual orientation.

* I can go home from most meetings, classes, and conversations without feeling excluded, fearful, attacked, isolated, outnumbered, unheard, held at a distance, stereotyped or feared because of my sexual orientation.

* I am never asked to speak for everyone who is heterosexual.

* I can be sure that my classes will require curricular materials that testify to the existence of people with my sexual orientation.

* People don't ask why I made my choice of sexual orientation.

* People don't ask why I made my choice to be public about my sexual orientation.

* I do not have to fear revealing my sexual orientation to friends or family. It's assumed.

* My sexual orientation was never associated with a closet.

* People of my gender do not try to convince me to change my sexual orientation.

* I don't have to defend my heterosexuality.

* I can easily find a religious community that will not exclude me for being heterosexual.

* I can count on finding a therapist or doctor willing and able to talk about my sexuality.

* I am guaranteed to find sex education literature for couples with my sexual orientation.

* Because of my sexual orientation, I do not need to worry that people will harass me.

* I have no need to qualify my straight identity.

* My masculinity/femininity is not challenged because of my sexual orientation.

* I am not identified by my sexual orientation.

* I can be sure that if I need legal or medical help my sexual orientation will not work against me.

* If my day, week, or year is going badly, I need not ask of each negative episode or situation whether it has sexual orientation overtones.

* Whether I rent or I go to a theater, Blockbuster, an EFS or TOFS movie, I can be sure I will not have trouble finding my sexual orientation represented.

* I am guaranteed to find people of my sexual orientation represented in my workplace.

* I can walk in public with my significant other and not have people double-take or stare.

* I can choose to not think politically about my sexual orientation.

* I do not have to worry about telling my roommate about my sexuality. It is assumed I am a heterosexual.

* I can remain oblivious of the language and culture of LGBTQ folk without feeling in my culture any penalty for such oblivion.

* I can go for months without being called straight.

* I'm not grouped because of my sexual orientation.

* My individual behavior does not reflect on people who identity as heterosexual.

* In everyday conversation, the language my friends and I use generally assumes my sexual orientation. For example, sex inappropriately referring to only heterosexual sex or family meaning heterosexual relationships with kids.

* People do not assume I am experienced in sex (or that I even have it!) merely because of my sexual orientation.

* I can kiss a person of the opposite gender on the heart or in the cafeteria without being watched and stared at.

* Nobody calls me straight with maliciousness.

* People can use terms that describe my sexual orientation and mean positive things (IE "straight as an arrow", "standing up straight" or "straightened out" ) instead of demeaning terms (IE "ewww, that's gay" or being "queer" ) .

* I am not asked to think about why I am straight.

* I can be open about my sexual orientation without worrying about my job.

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Comment by Becky Garcia on January 1, 2009 at 4:42pm
Excellent list.
Comment by Krista on October 12, 2008 at 7:59pm
Well that was depressing. I've never seen a list of things that make my life more difficult before. Somebody should make one of these that list what's hard about being an atheist. I think a lot of them would be the same.
Somehow now I don't feel as bad about being mostly closeted. I have plenty of reasons to be, don't I?



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