sprinkle: an undergraduate journal of feminist and queer studies


Tanner Gill


This paper analyzes and evaluates why psychosomatic disorders are present in such higher rates in the queer community than in other communities. To assess this issue, this report supplies research on the intersection amongst various sexual and gender minorities within the community, three psychosomatic disorders (eating, anxiety, and mood disorders), and the heteronormative and homophobic society in which the aforementioned items are positioned. These disorders are linked to the feeling of societal marginalization in communities where heteronormativity and homophobia are prevalent and predominant, and also the bullying, hate, and stigmatization that coincide with such social institutions. To combat the rapid onset of these psychosomatic disorders in the queer community, society must both recognize and also make efforts to mitigate the pernicious effects of heteronormative and homophobic mindsets.

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