Inviting the Breach: Confronting Homophobia in the Name of Social Justice

Subrina J. Robinson, Julia R. Johnson, Marc D. Rich

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In 2008 California was divided over Proposition 8, a measure designed to prohibit same-sex marriage. In this article, we focus on a university classroom setting to explore how discussions about Proposition 8 and homophobia led to what Turner (1986) termed a social drama. Drawing on student personal narratives as they moved through the stages of social drama, we provide a poignant example of the conflict that may erupt when homophobia and heteronormativity are part of the curriculum. After documenting the social drama, we offer pedagogical strategies and note the strategic ways Christian, hegemonic discourse is utilized during discussions about homophobia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)902-923
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 3 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Christian privilege
  • homophobia
  • same-sex marriage
  • social drama


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