ERIC Number: ED331054
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Lesbian and Gay Student.
Homophobia is accepted and encouraged by society, particularly in the sterile world of academia which allows, promotes, and creates homophobia by not providing lesbian/gay specific texts, examples, assignments, and role models. Composition teachers can make the classroom a safer place for lesbian/gay students, teachers, texts, and issues by: (1) including explicitly lesbian/gay literature by lesbian/gay writers in assigned course work; (2) rejecting texts and eliminating assignments/examples which exclude lesbians and gays; (3) using oral examples of lesbian/gay issues, role models, and individuals in the same breath as examples of heterosexual issues, role models, and individuals; (4) creating specific lesbian/gay elective classes; and (5) coming out to students as lesbians, gay men, and supporters of lesbian and gay equality. (A list of suggested readings for instructors and texts for classroom use is attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Homophobia; Homosexual Literature
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (42nd, Boston, MA, March 21-23, 1991).