The goal of this activity is to have students and the teacher check in with their prior knowledge of and assumptions about the LGBT community, gender identity and sexual diversity, and to learn the meaning and effects of stereotypes on the health and well being of students, schools and communities.
Papers; Pencils; Pencil Crayons, markers, etc.
Students get into groups of 4
In their groups, students draw what they think a Typical Gay Man, a Typical Lesbian, A Typical Straight Man, a Typical Straight Woman would look like and would dress like.
The first person starts with the head, the second person draws the upper body, the third person draws the legs, then the fourth person draws the feet/shoes
Once all of the students have completed their drawings, they will stick them up around the class- room so that all of the Typical Gay Men are in one area and all of the Typical Straight Women are in another area, etc.
Students will go around classroom and will write down 5 words that come to mind when they see the drawings
Ask students to share their words with a partner to come up with two words from their combined 10 words they want to share with the class. One student from each group will write their group’s words on the board.
Engage the class in a discussion about the words that they have chosen and about the pictures that they have drawn. Discuss gender, stereotypes, sexual orientation, the assumptions we have about people of certain genders and sexualities, and the negative consequences that stereotypes have on all people.
Here are some example questions to propel discussions:
Ask students to write a response to the activity. They should discuss the idea of normal, what they know about LGBT people and what they think of the stereotypes about them. They should discuss an experience they had when someone made an assumption about them and should explain how the experience of being judged made them feel. They should explain how their experience connects to the activity and to the idea of stereotypes and of being normal.