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Elementary and High School teachers'perception on homophobia at school in Santa Maria (Rio Grande do Sul/Brazil)

In research on state schools in the city of Santa Maria (RS), in which 20 teachers were interviewed, it was observed that there is no formal concern with sexuality issues at school. Discrimination and jokes around those who are or appear to be homosexuals are generally ignored. Teachers interviewed reported great difficulty in dealing with the issue homophobia in the classroom. The data indicated that educational work with school principals and mentors is necessary so that they can be sensitized to the issue and can provide support for teachers who take upon themselves the task of addressing issues such as homophobia.

homophobia; sexuality; education; school


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