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Sexuality Diversity 101

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Katie Potter

on 17 March 2016

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Transcript of Sexuality Diversity 101

Sexuality
Homophobia can be internal feelings or thoughts
External behaviours and actions
or heteronormativity
In NZ the 2nd most likely location of homophobia is PE class
Sexuality Spectrum
Heterosexual
Bisexual
Homosexual
Demisexual
Questioning
Pansexual
Straight
Gay
Lesbian
Takatapui
Queer
Asexual
Homophobia can be explained as a range of negative attitudes towards homosexual people


OMG gays, gross!
That's so gay!
The assumption that heterosexual is the default and normal sexual orientation.
Heteronormativity can be seen in abundance in society
Consider how we teach:
Contraception
Safer sex
Consent/Coercian
Healthy relationships
In the wider school
Can students take a same sex partner to the school ball?

What language is acceptable in the classroom, gym & fields

Are locker rooms and sports teams safe for all students?
"Non-heterosexual people have a higher prevalence of mental health difficulties such as self-harm, suicide, depression, mood disorder, anxiety disorder and addiction compared to heterosexuals".


(Finnegan & McNally, 2002; Huges et al. 2010)
Students attracted to the same sex or both sexes had a more difficult time at school - they were three times as likely to be bullied every week at school compared to students attracted to the opposite sex.

20% of students attracted to the same sex or both sexes reported making a suicide attempt within the previous year - 5 times higher than the proportion of opposite sex attracted students.

This statistics are unchanged from 2000 & 2007 surveys
Youth Health Survey '12
Discussion:
How can we be more inclusive?
What can you do?
Use inclusive content, scenarios & language
Confront homophobic language or behaviour
Challenge heteronormativity
Support/enable diversity groups
Improve visibility of queer identities
Scenario 1: You are planning a lesson on safer sex - what content about using protection might you use that is inclusive of queer sexualities?
Scenario 2: You over hear a student say "this game is so gay", how might you respond?
Scenario 3: A student waits behind to talk to you after class and 'comes out' - how do you handle this?
Scenario 4: You over hear homophobic slurs in the staffroom. How comfortable do you feel confronting the staff member?
Attraction
Physical
Sexual
Intellectual
Emotional
Spiritual
www.nzsexualityeducation.weebly.com
Katie Potter
katiepotter96@gmail.com

Aych McArdle
Rainbow Youth
aych.mcardle@ry.org.nz
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