The aim of this research was to identify the sexuality concepts of teachers working in elementary education in a state capital of Brazil's south region. The basic assumption was that these concepts were supportive to teachers' pedagogical acts. Data were obtained by semi-structured interviews with twenty three teachers of twelve different schools and were analysed using the thematic content analysis. Gender studies constituted the theoretical frameworks that guided the research. It was identified that teachers conceive sexuality using preventionist, heteronormative and sexual democracy concepts, all with different effects in their pedagogical practices. We concluded that the inclusion of sexuality themes in teacher training, supported by policies against pathologizing and medication of non heteronormative expressions, is a political act to guarantee human rights.
sexuality; elementary education; human rights