The structure of US society provides plenty of "hidden" benefits to heterosexuals that are not accorded to members of the GLBTIQ community. These advantages are so embedded into all dimensions of society that they are taken for granted and practically unrecognizable to heterosexuals. In fact, remaining unaware of heterosexual privilege is in and of itself a privilege. Consequently, unawareness prevents heterosexuals from acknowledging the benefits derived from membership in that group and, conversely, the harm that the disadvantages wreak on GLBTIQ members. Below are a few of the benefits derived from being a heterosexual.
Expressing affection (kissing, hugging, and holding hands) in social situations is considered normal for heterosexuals and does not elicit hostile or violent reactions from others.
As a heterosexual college student, you are not subjected to microaggressions (i.e., insults, negative slights, pejorative comments), harassment, or acts of insensitivity related to your sexual orientation.
As a heterosexual, you can be sure that you will not be harassed, assaulted, or murdered because of your sexual orientation.
The police will not harass you or you will not be victimized by the criminal justice system just because you are a heterosexual.
As a heterosexual, you have the choice of belonging to a church that will not debase or criticize your sexual orientation.