Sexual and Gender Diversity Advocacy
What does it mean to advocate for LGBTQ Education? This is the question I will struggle with until the end of my career.
Western civilization often conflates sex, sexuality, and gender. This system constructs an idea of gender as immutable deduced from sex (medical). Discontinuities in the historical record reveal the androsexist and heterosexist claims of natural, normal, and moral sex/gender as fallacies.
In addition to the way those who fall outside the gender binary end up treated unfairly, those who do not fall within the heterosexist construct of sexuality experience prejudice from Western constructs. Breaking free from this construct, sexual orientation describe erotic desire & behavior.
Cultures around the world struggle with handling diversity. How can educators, students, and community members challenge their bias towards honoring diverse gender and sexual expression. Who has the right to advocate and how does power and privilege influence the educational institution?