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Session 1: Homophobia Awareness from a Multi-Oppression Context

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Published on Feb 15, 2014

Just over a year ago I put my training programme onto my website: http://www.galyic.org.uk/about/traini... so that anyone could download it free. On this page there is an overview of the training programme with links to the various exercises, videos, power point presentations.

Recently I have begun to put this training up on YouTube. As I have been going through this process I have updated the material.

This first session puts the training within a multi-oppression and false consciousness perspective. I define homophobia and heterosexism. I look at what oppression means, as well as privilege and unearned privilege.

I look at some of the questions Peggy McIntosh developed for her work on white privilege and ask whether these are applicable not only to BME people but also to LGBTs, disabled people, women, people from poor, lower class backgrounds. If possible you should try and discuss these questions in a small group.

I follow this with a list of questions about heterosexual privilege that was put together by Kevin Jennings.

I would recommend you pause in between each slide.

Next I ask participants to identify which groups of people are oppressed and which privileged.

I then look at two diagrams I developed quite a few years ago which look at the effects of external and internal oppression on privileged and oppressed groups, as well as on services.

The last exercise is best conducted in pairs: I ask participants to identify which oppressed groups they belong to and which privileged groups. Having done this I as them to share an example of unearned privilege and one of oppression.

I conclude this session with a quote from Peggy McIntosh.

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