Incorporating issues of sexual orientation in the classroom: Challenges and solutions

Anne C. Fletcher, Stephen T. Russell

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Family studies faculty have an opportunity and a responsibility to address issues related to the development and family lives of sexual minority individuals 'in graduate and undergraduate courses. This article identifies and discusses 6 challenges involving the incorporation of sexual orientation issues into the classroom: lack of student exposure to accurate information about sexual orientation, selecting a lecture topic, attitudes of intolerance among students, avoiding generalizations, making the topic of sexual orientation relevant to the lives of students, and instructor comfort level concerning the topic of sexual orientation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-40
Number of pages7
JournalFamily Relations
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered
  • Sexual minority
  • Sexual orientation
  • teaching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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