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Tackling homophobia September 6th 2010
Title: Tackling homophobia Aims To know what homophobia is To understand why homophobia is unacceptable To know the school’s behaviour policy on homophobia
What is homophobia? Homophobia is a form of prejudice just like racism. It can be using words such as ‘gay’ or ‘lesbian’ to hurt and upset someone. It can also be using the word gay to describe objects or things in a bad way. Copy into your books
More information It also includes… Physically hurting someone because they are thought to be gay Using words such as gay because someone is different Using hand gestures or other parts of the body in a way that teases them they might be gay It is important to remember that it does not matter whether the person is gay or not. For example calling someone gay for being different or for not doing as you want is still homophobia.
Starter: true or false The average age for a young person to come out is 18? False: the average age is 14 (Stonewall 2008). Homophobic bullying is the most common type in schools? False: Bullying about weight is the most common with homophobia second. Homophobic bullying is 3 times more prevalent than racist bullying. We probably don’t have that many gay students? False: estimates range that somewhere between 3 and 10% of the population is gay. If we take 7% as the middle number then the school has 144 gay students.
Survey information Last May we asked all students to complete an anonymous survey on homophobia at Haydon. 626 students completed it on Fronter across years 7 - 10 We are now going to look back at some of the results
How often do you hear homophobic words used in school said to another student or about them?
Have you been called ‘gay’ etc in a way that is to hurt you or said in a nasty way?
How often do you hear homophobic words said about objects or things?
I believe the school, its teachers and students are good at tackling homophobia
The school needs to do more to deal with homophobia:
Discussion points What do you think of the results? Is there a difference between calling a student gay in a negative way and using the word gay to describe something bad (i.e. homework is gay etc)? How do you think it makes students feel who might be gay when they hear others using gay to describe things in a bad way? What do you think the schools behaviour policy is for homophobic language and gestures?
Video clip Watch the following 2 video clips Note to teacher: the video clips can be found in the same folder as this powerpoint called ‘video 1’ and ‘video 2’.
Discuss Why didn’t the male student tell others he was gay? What might have happened to him if he had? How do you think the female student felt when rumours where spread about her?
Activity Think what it must be like going to a school where students are allowed to call objects and other students gay when you think you might be gay yourself or else care about someone who isgay Use the words on the next slide to help you describe these feelings
Behaviour policy The school behaviour policy on homophobia is; All incidences of homophobia will be recorded. General homophobic comment (e.g. ‘homework is gay’, ‘those shoes are gay’ etc) = immediate C3, detention Homophobia towards another student = C4, referral, house office and parents / guardians contacted
In your books complete the following statements Homophobia is wrong because……. A student who is bullied because others think they might be gay may feel……. The schools behaviour policy on homophobia is…..
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