The Impact of Sexual of Orientation and Gender Expression Bias on African American Students

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This article discusses sexual orientation and gender expression bias as they impact the educational experience of African American students. Sexual orientation and gender expression bias have a unique presentation in Black educational settings. The climate in such settings can be metagrobolized by the combination of distorted notions of Black sexuality and of homosexuality. The legacy of internalized racism as it impacts sexuality is examined in this article. Homophobia, heterosexism, and the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual. Transgendered, and questioning (LGBTQ) students are also discussed. Implications for school safety, academic achievement, and student mental health are elucidated along with recommendations for policy, practice and advocacy-based interventions.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalJournal of Negro Education
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • gender expression bias
  • heterosexism
  • homophobia
  • sexual orientation


  • Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology

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