In November 2001, a state art education organization conference session entitled Sexual Identity and Arts Education was canceled. If the original goal of this panel discussion was to bring awareness to issues related to the topic; then, I conclude that the unfortunate cancellation of this session has resulted in exceeding its goal. Had the conference session taken place as planned, issues related to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LCBT) and arts education would have been explored and discussed on the state level (Keifer-Boyd, Fehr, Check, Akins, 2002:). However, because the session was canceled, publicity and subsequent public outrage has heightened awareness at the national level. Furthermore, I contend that it is the responsibility of arts educators to provide an inclusive curriculum that encourages self-expression and exploration of identity to prepare students for participation in a democratic society.
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