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Ten things you can say or do when you hear "That's so gay!"

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  1. Ask, “How would you feel if your name/identity was inserted instead of ‘gay’?” i.e.: “That’s so Bryce/ Gurvir / Aisha! etc.” and it was used repetitively.
  2. Ask, “What does that mean?” or say, “That’s so what?” Typical student response, “It’s stupid/weird, etc.” Teacher response: “That’s the same as saying, ‘Gay people are stupid/weird,’ and I find that offensive.”
  3. Ask, “How can a book/idea/song have a sexual orientation?” if they are referring to an inanimate object when using this slur.
  4. Say, “You might be surprised to know that what you just said could hurt someone’s feelings.”
  5. Say, “This is a homophobia-free zone. Homophobic slurs like that are not tolerated here.”
  6. Ask, “What does gay mean?” Use this opportunity to discuss the language of oppression.
  7. Show one of the NFB videos: Sticks and Stones, One of Them, or In Other Words. E-mail your request to borrow one from the BCTF to video@bctf.ca.
  8. Download classroom posters on this topic from the Pride Education Network.
  9. Say, “Gay is OK.”
  10. Make links between homophobic slurs and other forms of discrimination. Use analogies between racism, sexism, ableism, ethnocentrism, etc.
 

USE A STRATEGY THAT REFLECTS YOUR PERSONAL TEACHING STYLE AND IS APPROPRIATE TO THE SITUATION AT HAND. 

“Homophobia is like Racism and Anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry, in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity, and personhood… I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream to make room at the table of brother and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people.” Coretta Scott King

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