Though there have been great advances for LGBTQ people in recent years, stigma, intolerance, and prejudice remain. Queers, Bis, and Straight Lies: An Intersectional Examination of LGBTQ Stigma offers an in-depth exploration of LGBTQ negativity through its ground-breaking use of Norm-Centered Stigma Theory (NCST), the first ever theory about stigma that is both testable and well-positioned in existing stigma scholarship.

Based on research with more than 3,000 respondents, hetero-cis-normativity and intersectionality are highlighted as fundamental in understanding separate but interconnected discussions about LGBTQ individuals’ experiences with discrimination, harassment, and violence. With chapters dedicated to lesbian women, gay men, bisexual women, bisexual men, trans women, trans men, non-binary/genderqueer people, queer women, and queer men, Queers, Bis, and Straight Lies brings together empirically-driven findings that work toward dismantling "straight lies" in an innovative and impactful manner.

Through its novel and critical approach, Queers, Bis, and Straight Lies is the ideal resource for those who want to learn about LGBTQ stigma more broadly and for those who seek a nuanced, theory-driven, and intersectional examination of how LGBTQ prejudices and prejudicial experiences differ by gender identity, sexual identity, race/ethnicity, and class.

chapter 1|6 pages


part I|116 pages

Foundations in Understanding LGBTQ Stigma

part II|280 pages

NCST and Understanding LGBTQ Stigma

chapter 7|41 pages

Part II Overview

chapter 8|30 pages

Lesbian Women Stigma

chapter 9|26 pages

Gay Men Stigma

chapter 10|28 pages

Bisexual Women Stigma

chapter 11|24 pages

Bisexual Men Stigma

chapter 12|26 pages

Trans Women Stigma

chapter 13|23 pages

Trans Men Stigma

chapter 14|26 pages

Non-binary/Genderqueer Stigma

chapter 15|24 pages

Queer Women Stigma

chapter 16|24 pages

Queer Men Stigma

chapter 17|6 pages

LGBTQ Stigma, NCST, and Future Research