I Have Heterosexual Privilege If... by Ken Hirschmann 1. I can if I wish arrange to be in the company of people of my sexuality most of the time. 2. If I should need to move, I can be pretty sure that my neighbors in such a location will be neutral or pleasant to me. 3. I can be sure I will not be denied the right to marry whomever I choose to. 4. I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my sexuality widely represented. 5. When I am told about our national heritage or about "civilization," I am shown that people of my sexuality made it what it is. 6. I can be pretty sure that I can adopt children. 7. If I want to, I can be pretty sure of finding a publisher for this piece on heterosexual privilege. 8. I can be sure that children will be given curricular materials that testify to the existence of my sexuality. 9. I can be sure I will not be denied insurance, employment or credit due to my sexuality. 10. I can arrange to protect my children most of the time from people who might not like them. 11. I do not have closet anxiety. 12. I can publicly display affection to my loved one without fear of harrassment or attack. 13. I am honestly portrayed in the media. 14. I am never asked to speak for all the people of my sexuality. 15. I can remain oblivious of the culture and customs of homosexuals and bisexuals without feeling in my culture any penalty for such oblivion. 16. I can remain oblivious to the culture and customs of homosexuals and bisexuals and be congratulated by my culture for such oblivion. 17. I can be pretty sure that if I ask to talk to "the person in charge," I will be facing a person of my sexuality. 18. I needn't hide my sexuality in certain situations for personal safety. 19. I can leave a nightclub consisting mostly of people of my sexuality knowing I will not get harrassed or attacked for my sexuality. 20. I can go home from most meetings of organizations I belong to feeling somewhat tied in, rather than isolated, out-of-place, outnumbered, unheard, held at a distance, or feared. 21. I can tell my sexuality to someone without fear of negative consequences. 22. I need not fear financial and emotional truncation from my family simply due to my sexuality. 23. I can be sure that if I need legal or medical help, my sexuality will not work against me. 24. If my day, week, or year is going badly, I need not ask of each negative episode or situation whether it has sexuality overtones. 25. I can be pretty sure postings like this and chalkings will not be removed solely for their content.