Gender and Sexual Diversity (Rebecca Roney)

This week had very interesting an relevant readings. Through this weeks readings I learned:

  1. In the “Smear the Queer” article it is said, “schools must also realize that some high school students are not settled in their sexual identities. The messages they receive today may affect how they see themselves in the future.” (195) It is crucial for schools to help students to be accepted for who they are and for them to be comfortable to be comfortable with their sexual identities.
  2. In the “Smear the Queer” article it is said “The silence in the classroom can also have deadly consequences. Students who are not able to be out in the classroom or in the school, often have difficulty finding someone safe to ask questions.” (195) The example provided is, “In the case of HIV and AIDS education, gay, lesbian. and bisexual students who are sexually active may not feel that they have anyone to ask about safer sex options, without coming out and/or enduring ridicule.” (195) It is important as teachers to make sure our students know that they can come to us and be accepted for who they are.
  3. The last thing I learned for this weeks reading is, “Because internalized homophobia is so insidious, it is a sad fact that some of the most virulent homophobes in junior and senior high schools are those students who later realize their own homosexuality. (195)

Two connections I made in this weeks readings are:

  1. One connection I made was one I have made many times throughout the semester with the importance of a strong support system. Having a strong support system could help students become more comfortable and feel safe to talk to somebody.
  2. I think in my own experience how I was not made aware of the issues and different aspects of the LGTBQ community until I was in university education classes and how that may affect some teachers in teaching these students as they may not know how to properly help them.

One question I still have is how can we help these students who are at-risk to become more comfortable in situations where they need to talk to somebody when they don’t have somebody who is exactly like them.


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