Heterosexism is a predisposition to heterosexuality as ‘normal’, which is biased
against other forms of sexual orientation. This is not the same as homophobia,
but is rather the discrimination against non-heterosexual people due to cultural
bias. It often occurs through omission and/or distortion of non-heterosexual
realities, eg in media. Heterosexism is structurally reinforced where institutions
privilege heterosexual orientation. For example, where legislation, policies
and/or practices link certain rights (eg marriage, partner entitlements) to being
in an opposite-sex relationship.