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Lee Lee

Name: Lee
Age: 17
Hobbies: basketball, street dance, graffiti art, Joelly D the popstar,karaoke

Lee’s commitment to Karmel as a best friend is undeniable. But when she discovers that Karmel is keeping the fact that she’s a lesbian secret, she feels hurt and abandoned. Her own non-conformity also creates conflict with her brothers, who would like her to dress and look more like they would expect a girl to.

At Key Stage 3 students should be learning about “different and shared needs, abilities and membership of groups” and recognise that “culture, including the language, ideas, customs and traditions practised by people within a group, also forms part of identity”. 

Lee's story

Lee’s story focuses on themes of gender stereotyping and friendship. Use Lee’s story in PSHE and Citizenship classes to discuss the following questions:

  • Why do people think Lee is a lesbian?
  • Is Lee a stereotypical girl? What kind of “girl” do we see her as?
  • What is a stereotype?
  • Do you think Lee minds not fitting in? What makes her so proud of who she is?
  • How does Lee feel when she finds out her best friend is keeping a secret from her?
  • How important is family to Lee? How do we show people we love them?
  • What would you do if you found out your best friend was gay?
  • Why does Lee think Karmel will fancy her? Can Karmel be trusted to just be her friend?
  • How should boys and girls “act” or “behave”?
  • How do we react when boys don’t “act” like boys or girls don’t “behave” like girls?

Lee's video diaries

  • diary 1: Should Lee change the way she acts/behaves/dresses?
  • diary 2: What can Karmel do to make Lee feel better/improve their friendship?
  • diary 3: Do you think Karmel wants to go out with Lee?
  • diary 4: Are people born gay? When should gay people "come out" to friends and family
  • diary 5: Can you go to a gay youth group if you're not gay?

Additional information
- Girl Guides UK produces an annual Girls’ Attitudes survey – a comprehensive study of the views and opinions of girls aged 7-21 across the UK.
- PinkStinks is a campaign and social enterprise that challenges the culture of pink in girls’ lives.


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