© 2019, © 2019 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This article explores an incident involving a gay pride T-shirt, printed with the slogan “Some people are gay. Get over it!,” that I wore during a university lecture, and students’ predominantly negative responses to it. I use the lens of modern prejudice research, particularly discursive psychological approaches to modern prejudice, to interpret the students’ responses to a qualitative survey about their views on the T-shirt. They related strong feelings of upset and anger, particularly because I had—in their view—implicitly accused them of being homophobic. They passionately refused this supposed accusation on the grounds that “everything’s equal now” and “gay people are no different from us.” I argue that the ideological themes of cultural heterosexism and compulsory heterosexuality provide a productive framework for making sense of the students’ responses, as they sanction a rational neoliberal subject who is both non-homophobic and inculcated into heteronormativity.
Clarke, V. (2019). “Some university lecturers wear gay pride t-shirts. Get over it!”: Denials of homophobia and the reproduction of heteronormativity in responses to a gay-themed t-shirt. Journal of Homosexuality, 66(5), 690-714. https://doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2017.1423217