EDU 512 Sexual and Gender Minorities in Multicultural Education

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Importance of Sexual Orientation





Importance of Sexual Orientation

Sexual orientation can be defined as the pattern of sexual attraction from one person to another which is based on gender. It can also be defined as the sexual affection toward the other person. Sexual orientation is different from sexual behavior whereby sexual behavior refers to the feelings but these feelings can be used to express sexual orientation. For instance, homosexual is avoided and taken as bad term because of negative connotations from the way it was used in the past. There is main principle governing sexual orientation which relates equality and non-discrimination (Abel et al, 2012).

Intersection developed to help the society state in today’s generations more so in school. Human beings possess many distinctive identities which interplay in unique ways. People experience race, class, gender and sexual differences which depends on social location. Experiences of class are gendered, racialized and also sexualized. For instance, those people who identify a bisexual in that he/she may prefer one sex over the other. For a meaning leaning to take place the student must be given enough security and get enough support that they deserve. This is important for those students who support gay, lesbian and bisexual (Schunk, 2010).

In conclusion, sexual orientation and sexual identity are not distinguished whereby sexual orientation in a community may change overtime whereas identity can never change. Schools should be provided with professional to support the learners with ideas on sexual orientation ( schunk, 2010).The teachers should also act as advocates or commit themselves to talk to students who struggle to make is therefore of great important to support both the language and the students advocacy not only to prevent bullying in school but also never to tolerate belittling language. It is also important to support and make sure that the students are safe.


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Schunk, D. H. (2010). Self-regulated learning: The educational legacy of Paul R. Pintrich.

Educational Psychologist, 40(2), 85-94.

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