What is a Stereotype?
Stereotypes are characteristics imposed upon groups of people because of their race, nationality, and sexual orientation. These characteristics tend to be oversimplifications of the groups involved, and while some people truly do embody the traits of their stereotype, they are not necessarily representative of all people within that group. Stereotypes are not always accurate and even if positive, can be harmful
Why can it affect the LGBT+ Community
Even today, many people hold horrifically stereotyped views of homosexuals. These views often come from how the community is presented through the media and especially television.
We all have stereotypes that come to mind when we think of different groups. However, our LGBT population has been fighting negative stereotypes for decades. Everyone needs a good laugh now and then just as long as it is not always at the expense of one particular group. Unfortunately, LGBT characters are still being shown in one kind of light, and it is no longer good enough to just have a presence on television. They need some equality.
More movies and television shows are including gay characters, like Glee and Modern Family. However, the characteristics can often conform to societal stereotypes. To help challenge these stereotypes, Stomp has created a simple MythBusters guide
Think about stereotypes you hold
This video is to challenge your thoughts on all gay men are camp, well-groomed and love cheesy pop
Other learning areas:
Area One: MythBusters
To help challenge these stereotypes, Stomp has created a simple MythBusters guide.
Area Two: Unconscious Bias
Unconscious bias can influence decisions in recruitment, promotion and performance management. It could be discriminatory when the unconscious bias relates to a protected characteristic.