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Disrupting Homophobia within the K-12 setting. Strategies & Resources for LGBTQ Educators & Allies. Dr. William DeJean www.williamdejean.com Macquarie University Sydney, Australia. What’s in a story?. What’s in a story?.

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Disrupting Homophobia within the K-12 setting

Strategies & Resources for LGBTQ Educators & Allies

Dr. William DeJeanwww.williamdejean.com

Macquarie University

Sydney, Australia


What’s in a story?


What’s in a story?

  • In rich detail, discuss one of your favorite experiences with someone you love or who you are close with.

  • Try to describe this experience or event in two or three paragraphs.


Partner A

  • With a partner, describe your story verbally the story

  • (you may not refer to your notes).


Partner B

  • With a partner verbally describe your story

  • (you may not refer to your notes).

  • During your retelling of what you wrote, you may not make any mention of the gender of the person you are talking about (that includes their name, use of pronouns or any other markers to gender).


Discuss with your partner…

Questions for Partner A:

  • What was the experience like trying to tell the story without revealing the sex of the person?

  • What did it feel like?

    Questions for listener:

  • What did you notice?

  • What did you feel?


Discuss with your partner…

Questions for Partner B:

  • What was the experience like trying to tell the story without revealing the sex of the person?

  • What did it feel like?

    Questions for listener:

  • What did you notice?

  • What did you feel?


Sullivan (1993) argues

Psychologically, there is a world of difference between choosing not to tell your workmates about your personal life and being afraid they will find out. (p 1-2)


Words Matter


“I Just Want to Say”

  • I think…

  • I feel…


During the break, please read the article assigned to your table

  • GLSEN National Climate Survey

  • How Homophobia Hurts Everyone

  • GLSEN 10 Strategies for Combating Homophobia

  • What Do We Say When We Hear Faggot

  • I Kept Quiet and Lost My Job Anyway


Debrief article with your table

  • What is the main message of the article?

  • What did the article make your team about?

  • What should others know about this article?

  • How does this article connect to your professional role?


In your new group

Give each person two minutes to discuss his or her article.


Four Questions

  • What did the articles cause you think about?

  • What questions are you left with?

  • What is something you learned?

  • How can these articles support GLBT students?


To conclude

  • Today’s presentation caused me to think about…


Margaret J. Wheatley

  • “The leaders we need are already here.”


Disrupting Homophobia within the K-12 setting

Strategies & Resources for LGBTQ Educators & Allies

Dr. William DeJeanwww.williamdejean.com

Macquarie University

Sydney, Australia


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