n Journal of Educational Studies - LGBTI-affirming educational practice : developing anti-homophobic bullying materials

Volume 12, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1680-7456



Education conceptualised as the 'practice of freedom' and as a challenge to 'cultures of silence' holds particular relevance in the lives of sexual and gender minorities. In South Africa schools are ill prepared to teach about the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people and to challenge homophobia: there is a lack of teacher training as well as a paucity of LGBTI-affirming materials. In this context, employing the work of bell hooks and Paulo Freire, I present a personal narrative of my experiences attending a heterosexist and homophobic school setting as well as my professional interest in developing intersectional, LGBTI social justice, anti-oppressive pedagogical interventions and didactic materials. The study also presents the development, in conjunction with the South African Department of Basic Education, of anti-homophobic bullying material. This material aims to challenge the widespread homophobia and deeply inscribed heterosexist habits of thinking and feeling in South African schools.

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