Document Type


Publication Date

Winter 11-20-2008

Journal / Book Title

American Journal of Sexuality Education


Homophobia and gay-related teasing are already present among young children. This lesson introduces the term “prejudice” and places the concept of homophobia within the context of bullying and teasing with which 8–11-year-olds are already familiar. The lesson builds empathy as children think about and discuss how they have felt when they have been teased or called a name and how they think people in gay or lesbian families would feel. The lesson celebrates the lives of gay and lesbian people as it celebrates diversity among all people and families. Children are encouraged to think about the diversity within their own lives and to think about how all people have pride in who they are and who is in their families.


DOI: 10.1300/J455v01n02_05

Published Citation

Goldfarb, Eva S. "A lesson on homophobia and teasing." American Journal of Sexuality Education 1, no. 2 (2006): 55-66. Harvard