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LGBTQ & Gender Lesson Plans

Gender, gender identity and sexual orientation are three terms that are often confused. When teaching about these terms it is easy to blur the definitions and cause addition confusion for students. The lesson plans below address these terms and help to clearly define this complicated topic.

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Telling Your Parents..."I'm Transgender"(Lesson)
The topic of being transgender and coming out to your parents is one that teens are interested in yet is not covered in many curricula. Cannon, the Sex, Etc. teen author who wrote two stories used in this lesson shares his experience coming to understand that he is transgender. The articles accompanying the lesson include an interview in which he asked his parents about how they felt when he came out to them. The focus of this lesson is to create a web of conversations where students can hear a variety of opinions.

Length: 50 minutes

Lesson Objectives
By the end of this lesson students will be able to:
1) Define biological sex, sexual orientation and gender identity.
2) Describe how gender identity is distinct from sexual orientation.
3) Explain how it feels for one teen to tell his parents he's transgender.

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Gay, Straight, Bi: Do These Labels Still Apply? (Lesson)
If you are an educator and find your students placing labels on others then you will find this lesson extremely helpful. Students will explore and have an opportunity to reflect on how labels placed on sexual orientation may not always be helpful and true and how sexuality may be more complex than a label.

Length: 50 minutes

Lesson Objectives
By the end of this lesson students will be able to:
1) Explain the definition of sexual orientation.
2) Identify a situation in which the categories "gay," "straight," or "bi" do not easily apply.
3) Explain their opinion about whether the labels "gay," "lesbian," "heterosexual" and "bisexual" still apply today.

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What a Difference an Ally Makes (Lesson)
There is a lot of discussion around bullying and homophobia, but it can be tough to determine how to prevent it from happening. This lesson has students reflect on a past situations to develop an understanding of what it feels to be bullied and an ally.

Length: 50 minutes

Lesson Objectives
By the end of this lesson students will be able to:
1)Define homophobia.
2)Describe at least four ways to be an ally.

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Three Double Standards that Hurt Guys and Girls


Teens face gender based stereotypes every day, from girls can't play sports to boys can't do ballet. Deviating from strict gender roles can mean students are ridiculed. In this lesson, students will explore different gender-based stereotypes and will consider what happens when a person deviates from them. At the end of this lesson students will come away with the knowledge of how to challenge gender stereotypes in the future.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this lesson, students will be able to
  1. Identify at least three double standards based on gender role stereotypes.
  2. Explain at least three possible consequences of deviating from gender role stereotypes.
  3. List at least two strategies for successfully challenging double standards based on gender role stereotypes.
National Sexuality Education Standards Addressed

ID.8.CC.2 Explain the range of gender roles.
ID.12.SM.1 Explain how to promote safety, respect, awareness and acceptance.

Time needed: 50 minutes

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