For this LGBT Labels Activity, your students will have to figure what several of the labels that are associated with them and then be put through having to having to sacrifice these labels until they have one or two labels left. (lesson plan)
Each student will put down labels that they associated with themselves. For the sake of this activity, here are some things that you can have each student put down their label for:
- Favorite Pizza Company: Pizza Hut, Dominos, or Papa Murphy’s
- Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Vanilla, Chocolate, or Strawberry
- Cell Phone Provider: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, or Sprint
- Major: What they are either planning on majoring in college or what they are majoring in
- If they view themselves as a Mac or PC
- Religious Views (this one is only for college students)
- Sexual orientation
For this step, you will want your students to be able to move around the classroom to be able to do this portion of the activity. This step will require the students to move around and to be put into different situations where they must choose what they are willing to give up for the other person that they are talking to.
There is no real way to set this up other than to have them be in a scenario where they are in some sort of relationship or each person must negotiate one thing they are willing to sacrifice for the other, i.e. one person gives up their favorite kind of pizza while the other gives up their favorite kind of pizza or person “a” gives up their cell phone provider while person “b” gives up the type of computer they use.
You will continue doing this round robin style of doing this until your students are down to one or two labels.
This is where you and your class will discuss what they thought of the activity. A part of the discussion will be which labels they viewed to be the easiest and the fastest ones to give up, which ones they found slightly hard to give up, and which ones they found to be the hardest to give up. This part of the discussion will focus a fair amount of the question “why” when discussion which labels where easy, medium, or hard to give up.
Then you will want to lead the discussion into what did this teach you about people who are LGBT. The question here is “Do you think that LGBT people are viewed only as LGBT or do you believe that LGBT are views as a whole with all of their labels?”
For the final step in this activity, each student will be required to complete a reflection paper on the experience. The reflection should focus on similar things that were discussed in step 3, but also what they learned from the experience.