Appreciating diversity: Confronting homophobia at school

Sengstock, Brian John (2004) Appreciating diversity: Confronting homophobia at school. Principal Matters, 61, pp. 42-44.

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The development of sexual identity is a complex, lifelong process involving the interplay of sex, gender and orientation, occurring within a social framework of heterosexual dominance (Murray 2001). Australia has a richly diverse culture and, at some point in our lives, we will all meet people, who look, think, live, or act differently to ourselves. Through understanding and celebrating the diversity of our culture, we enrich our lives and the lives of others. Schools influence how boys (and girls) see themselves and each other; those of us who work in schools cannot pretend to be outside the process of gender construction. In our daily business we send messages, set boundaries and respond with support, disinterest or censure to the acting out of various masculinities and femininities.

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ID Code: 31205
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: homophobia, hegemonic masculinity, bullying, homophobic bullying
ISSN: 1322-2481
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 09 Mar 2010 00:24
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2011 01:19

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