Views and experiences of teachers working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pupils with SEND

Matasovska, Klaudia. 2024. Views and experiences of teachers working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pupils with SEND. Journal of LGBT Youth, 21(3), pp. 627-648. ISSN 1936-1653 [Article]

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In contemporary discourse, sexuality is being presented as something fluid, with research persisting in framing sexuality as negotiable to some extent. This way of examining sexuality is problematic because as one discovers how identity changes, a certain terminology, such as ‘trend’ or ‘phase’ becomes prominent giving the illusion Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans + (LGBT+) pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are easily influenced and too immature to form LGBT+ identities because of their SEND. Educators viewing sexuality and gender identity as a phase/trend can result in providing limited support due to the misconception that information about LGBT+ concepts is unimportant for pupils with SEND or that one can simply stop being LGBT+. This paper discusses Special Educational Needs (SEN) teachers’ views involving their pupils’ ways of exploring their LGBT+ identities and examines how this links to the misconception of their sexuality and gender as a phase/a trend due to their SEND. The paper is framed by intersectionality which allows for a detailed analysis of how identities interact when used as an analytic tool. The paper calls for more nuanced thinking of sexuality and gender in the lives of LGBT+ pupils with SEND, which will help to decrease inequality.

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LGBT+; SEND; phase; trend; intersectionality; gender identity; sexual orientation; childhood; adolescence; schools

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Educational Studies


18 March 2024Accepted
2 April 2024Published Online

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16 Apr 2024 10:59

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21 May 2024 15:19

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