Contesting school heterosexism: Rights-based sexuality education for LGBQ students

Kan Diana KWOK, Man Wai Barry LEE

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Abstract

Sexuality education is essential for all students, and this is no exception for Asian sexual minorities, such as lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer (LGBQ) students. Studies have demonstrated that sexuality education has primarily focused on the heterosexual perspective, marginalizing LGBQ students. Very few publications have examined LGBQ students’ sexuality education experiences in Asia, specifically addressing LGBQ-inclusive and rights-based perspectives. None have addressed the issue under the Chinese cultural context, where heterosexism against sexual minorities persists. By increasing this knowledge and understanding, sexuality educators would be in a better position to enhance their frontline practice. This chapter provides an overview on current sexuality education perspectives from the international literature and highlights the experiences of sexuality education of male gay and bisexual adolescents and young adults based on two regional studies from Hong Kong. Recommendations for development of LGBQ-inclusive and rights-based sexuality education programs are made. Copyright © 2018 selection and editorial matter, Kerry J. Kennedy and John Chi-Kin Lee; individual chapters, the contributors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge international handbook of schools and schooling in Asia
EditorsKerry John KENNEDY, John Chi-Kin LEE
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge
Pages872-879
ISBN (Electronic)9781315694382
ISBN (Print)9781138908499, 1138908495
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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sexuality
school
education
student
minority
young adult
Hong Kong
experience
educator
geography
adolescent

Bibliographical note

Kwok, D. K., & Lee, B. M. W. (2018). Contesting school heterosexism: Rights-based sexuality education for LGBQ students. In K. J. Kennedy & J. C.-K. Lee (Eds.), Routledge international handbook of schools and schooling in Asia (pp. 872-879). New York: Routledge.