Sexual orientation-related stigma and relationship functioning among female same-sex couples

Antonio Petruzzella, Brian A. Feinstein, Justin A. Lavner*

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Abstract

This article discusses how sexual orientation-based stigma serves to undermine functioning in female same-sex relationships. We particularly focus on the unique roles of interpersonal stigma (e.g., victimization, microaggressions) and structural stigma (e.g., institutional forms of discrimination), highlighting critical limitations and gaps in this literature and offering suggestions for future studies. We also discuss the need for future work on sexual orientation-related stigma and relationship functioning to consider the unique experiences of bisexual women, intersecting identities, and couple-level perspectives on stigma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)439-450
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Lesbian Studies
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2019

Keywords

  • Same-sex couples
  • discrimination
  • lesbian
  • minority stress
  • relationships
  • stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies

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