Saturday, October 2, 2010
Homophobia & What Teachers Can Do About It
*My apologies that the video cuts off most of Ellen here! Click on it & you will go to the real clip on youtube. It's a blogger issue...
Ellen's message is being spread around facebook amongst our teachers today. It makes me proud & grateful to know that others feel the same way as I do - that more of us need to take active, vocal positions to help teenagers & youth deal with homophobia and bullying.
Just last night one my facebook friends, who is a teenage boy and a distant family member, wrote the status update "I'm a &&^%$ing faggit" after last week writing, "I am gay." From the comments he received, I gather someone went into his facebook account to change his status as a joke. It seems they think it's funny. He's a popular kid, and told his friend off on the status, but it's obviously a banter they have going back & forth. As if being gay was a bad thing.
This really disturbs me.
Facebook is just one of the many places online where teenagers go to joke, poke fun, and put each other down. I wholeheartedly agree with the clip by Wanda Sykes below.
I'm in an awkward position. Do I say something? I don't know this kid very well, but I do really like him. He's 15. Remember being 15?
What would you do? If you're a teacher, or a friend, or a family member (or all of these things as I am) - what would you do?
Resources for Teaching in London
Classroom Canada website
Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians ebook
Sign up for our newsletters
Canadians & Americans in the UK blog
Like this blog? Be sure to flick "follow" on the right hand side so you're the first to get our blog posts.