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Sexuality Diversity 101
Transcript of Sexuality Diversity 101
Homophobia can be internal feelings or thoughts
External behaviours and actions
In NZ the 2nd most likely location of homophobia is PE class
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:
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
How can we be more inclusive?
What can you do?
Use inclusive content, scenarios & language
Confront homophobic language or behaviour
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?