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Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Philosophy of education’s emphasis on applied ethics, conceptions of identity, and political critique, together with interdisciplinary interest in gender studies and poststructuralism, has stimulated interest in gender and sexual minority issues. This inclusion has both marked out the difference of such minority identities as well as shown the implications of narrow norms of gender and sexual identity for all people. Work in philosophy of education has included examinations of the particular experiences and theories behind lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer (LGBTQ) identity. Via queer theory, gay liberation, and lesbian feminist texts, it has also shown how gender and sexual norms define the experiences of those in minority and majority social positions. This entry outlines the work that is being done and the educationally ...

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