LGBTQ Relationships and Sex Education for Students

Patlamazoglou, Lefteris and Pentaris, Panagiotis. 2022. LGBTQ Relationships and Sex Education for Students. In: Christopher Boyle and Kelly-Ann Allen, eds. Research for Inclusive Quality Education: Leveraging Belonging, Inclusion, and Equity. Singapore: Springer, pp. 137-147. ISBN 9789811659072 [Book Section]

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In this chapter, we focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ) students in primary and secondary education. Diverse identities of gender and sexuality are realised primarily during adolescence, however sex education features sparsely in the curriculum of primary and secondary schools and is prominently influenced by heteronormative and cisgender ideologies. As such, LGBTQ students are at high risk of experiencing social exclusion and being exposed to discriminatory attitudes and victimisation within the school environment and the broader community. The increasing popularity of social networking sites among adolescents and the growing representation of sexual and gender diversity in popular culture over the past decade have enabled novel avenues of relationships and sex education (RSE) for LGBTQ young people. Through a critical review of the literature, we highlight the benefits and challenges of RSE through formal (school) and informal contexts (social media) for LGBTQ students. We identify gaps in the relevant literature and explore suggestions for further research in LGBTQ-inclusive RSE. We conclude the chapter by discussing the practical implications of the extant literature for LGBTQ-inclusive relationship and sex education for policymakers and educators.

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Book Section

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LGBTQ, Relationships and sex education, Social exclusion, Gender diversity, Gender equality

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Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS)
Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS) > Faiths and Civil Society
Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS) > Social Work


11 November 2022Published

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05 Dec 2022 13:24

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05 Dec 2022 13:24


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