Meeting a Transsexual Person: Experience within a Classroom Setting

BJ Rye, Pamela Elmslie, Amanda Chalmers,


This essay describes the effect of meeting a transgender person on attitudes toward people who are transgender. We take the position that having personal contact with a transgender individual can increase positive feelings and attitudes toward this group. We support this argument with written feedback by university students enrolled in human sexuality classes who had a lecture delivered by a transgender speaker. We conceptualize the students experience as affective learning within the framework of Blooms Learning Taxonomy a domain of teaching that is not typically addressed in university undergraduate courses.


transgender, classroom , training

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Canadian Online Journal of Queer Studies in Education/ Le journal canadien pour les tudes queer en ducation . ISSN: 1710-7598