What are the level of acceptance and attitudes of a sample of Caribbean sixth formers
towards homosexuality in their country?
1. What do they understand by the term ‘homosexuality’?
2. What is their level of attitude and acceptance towards homosexuality?
3. What challenges do they believe homosexuals face?
Value of the Research
This study seeks to raise awareness to the importance of equal levels of
acceptance no matter the lifestyle a person chooses to live. It also serves to bring
attention to the problems that persons in the homosexual community are currently
facing. This study was done in the hopes that persons can educate themselves on the
homosexual community to lessen the stigma already face. The information collected
from this study can be used by teachers, guidance counsellors, members of homosexual
communities to help educate persons and eradicate this problem.
• Homosexuality – this is romantic attraction, sexual attraction or sexual behaviour
between members of the same sex or gender.
• Homonegativity – this is the negative attitude towards homosexuality. The exact
meaning of this term is still a subject of discussion.
• Attitude – a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something.
• Acceptance – agreement with or belief in an idea, opinion, or explanation. (In the
context of this study).
• Legislation – a law or set of laws made by a government.
• Ostracized – to have excluded a person or group of people from a group or society.
• LGBT – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
• Buggery - the criminal offense of anal or oral intercourse by penetration of the male
organ into the anus or mouth of another person of either sex or intercourse between
members of either sex with an animal.
• Homophobia – dislike or prejudice against homosexual people.