We designed an active learning activity to allow students to experience stereotyping and consider the social stigma often directed toward gays and lesbians. We used an unusual fictional scenario to alleviate students' concerns about impression management and permit them to experience the role of someone faced with discrimination without the automatic recognition of gay stereotypes. Sixty-eight undergraduates gave the activity positive evaluations along a variety of dimensions. Although the long-term effect remains unclear, analysis of students' pretest and posttest scores on the Homophobia Scale (Wright, Adams, & Bernat, 1999) suggested that this activity fosters more positive attitudes toward gays and lesbians. This exercise is suitable for introductory, social, educational, clinical, and abnormal psychology courses.
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