The Good, the Bad, and the Uncomfortable: An Evaluation of the High School Experiences of Sexuality and Gender Diverse Young Adults

Kuntzman, R. (University of Sydney), White, F. (University of Sydney)

Heterosexist teaching practices and lack of staff support have repeatedly been found to negatively impact SGD (sexuality and gender diverse) students’ social development, school performance, and health. Teachers who prioritise creating an inclusive space and make themselves a support and advocate for SGD students have been found to have a profoundly positive impact on their lives and school experiences. This study involved a mixed methods evaluation and comparison of the high school experiences of SGD and cisgender heterosexual (CH) young adults in New South Wales, with a specific focus on teacher-student experiences. The preliminary findings from this study have found that SGD young adults (N = 78) felt significantly less teacher support and have significantly more negative high school experiences than CH young adults (N = 130) . This study also explored participants’ current and past gender and sexual identity choices.


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