PSA: Investigate

Kari, Kevin, Shunsuke, and I were chosen to be a group fro the PSA project. The basic categories listed for the PSA topic were: sexual orientation, physiology of sex, contraception, teenage pregnancy, anatomy of the body (both male and female). We discussed how the sexual orientation and teenage pregnancy caught our attention because it was something common at schools and was easy to work with. Our final decision was to work with sexual orientation because we felt that it was common in the world today and we were curious how people felt about this topic. The discussion was made that the messages that could be shown through this PSA was to bring awareness (gay) and that it is perfectly fine to have different sexual orientations.

After a few discussion about what we were going to base our PSA about, we came up with our sub-question: How do people realize that they’re gay? After coming up with this simple question, Ms. Ishihara gave us a tip to think broader and come up with a bigger question that can become our topic question for our project. So my group started to discuss about what other people thought about gay people and if they had a general idea abou gay people and then we came up with this big question: What are the causes of discrimination (towards people with different sexual orientations)? In order to get a good idea about these questions we built even smaller questions like: Is there a typical IDEA that people think? What causes people to discriminate others? Any behaviors? Why do people discriminate others? Are guys discriminated more than girls? What does our school think about homosexuals?  From a little research, I found out that religion may effect peoples views on sexual orientations. Religious beliefs tells people different things and alter peoples opinions on homosexuals. Also, we pulled an information out of a book called When someone you know is gay, that one out of ten teenagers are gay. In order to prove if this information is true and to get more information about homosexuals, I would like our group to research more on sexual orientation. This information could be about the Americans or surveyed earlier in the years so this information is not very reliable.

Cohen, S., & Cohen, D. (1989). When someone you know is gay. New York, NY: M.
Evans & Company.

To get a better understanding of discrimination towards homosexuals, Kari and I wrote up a survey to send to the high schoolers in  Canadian Academy. The questions in the survey included: Do you accept the idea that some people are gay? Do you think the CA community should accept students who are homosexual? We have received over seventy replies and most of them have replied yes, which means most of the CA students accept the idea of some people being homosexual. More research and understanding of sexual orientation may help our group to get a better understanding of how we can bring more awareness to gay people and that being gay is okay.

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