Diversity And Prejudice : Our Ethnic Backgrounds And Religious Beliefs

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Diversity and prejudice goes beyond our ethnic backgrounds and religious beliefs. Constellations of family types are abundant in our country and social change is slow. As educators we need to be aware of the impact this has on our students and their families. As Henderson, Mapp, Johnson, and Davies noted, “All families, no matter what their income, race, education, language, or culture, want their children to do well in school-and can make an important contribution to their child’s learning,” (2007, p. 115). After reading this week, I think we need to include all family types on that list. My discussion involves Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) families, which I do not have any experience with, and Special Education parents of which I am more familiar. Challenges faced by sexual-minority families are multi-faceted. Many choose not to disclose their orientation, and some go out of their way to pretend they are a traditional family. Fear influences countless decisions. According to, “Thanks to the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges on Friday, (June 29, 2015), Americans have gained the constitutional right to marry someone of the same sex in each of the 50 states. But in 28 states, they can still be fired for it.” Prior to this recent decision, people were afraid they would lose their jobs if their employers found out they were lesbian, gay,

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