Young, Out, and Understanding


Why We Need LGBT Education

Although recent progressive years have seen the LGBTQ+ community breaking into mainstream attention, queer education, representative of the queer community as a whole, has always been seriously lacking in accessibility. Aside from a section on gay liberation in the 60s that social studies classes brush past, LGBTQ+ content doesn't get covered at all in normal classroom settings. What's worse, recognizing that sex education in general is in dire conditions itself, sex-ed for queer youths even rank lower. Such an inadequate coverage of queer education is the start of a chain of under-representation, discrimnation, and health dangers that will haunt queer youths for the rest of their lives.

Queer studies can span a *spectrum* (hah!) of topics. In fact, queer education can mean both the intergration of queer content into current heteronormative curriculums and the "queering" of traditional education practices. The "queering" of pedagogy begins with interogating and challenging systems of heteronormativity and heterosexism. With this approach, queer theory, developed in the 90s, may well exceeds discussions of sexualities and genders in the future into the general practice of unsettling and critiquing normalities.1

To that day, queer education have to happen on a personal, proactive level. Through interpersonal connections, the LGBTQ+ community and their allies share a responsibility of spreading awareness and boosting queer representaion. Spreading information about our community is the first step in erasing stigma and encourage acceptance. Only when ignorance is overcome can the endless chain of discrimination haunting LGBTQ+ youths end.

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