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(Micro)aggressions Experienced by LGBTQ+ Students

(Micro)aggressions are the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults — whether intentional or unintentional --that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages and target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership.

As a faculty member, you are in a position of power to create classroom norms that counteract such (micro) aggressions and assert they are unacceptable in your classroom.

Common (Micro)aggressions Experienced by LGBTQ+ Students in the Classroom

  • Calling on, engaging, and validating one gender while ignoring other students during class.
  • Assigning student tasks or roles that reinforce gender stereotypes.
  • Anticipating students’ emotional responses based on gender norms or sexual orientation.
  •  Singling out a student in class because of their identities.
  • Expecting students of any particular group to ‘represent’ the perspectives of others during in-class discussions or debates.
  • Using heteronormative metaphors or examples in class.
  • Assuming the gender of any student.
  • Continuing to misuse pronouns even after a student, transgender or not, indicates their pronouns.