Gender and Sexuality

by Dr. Robert Marx

Don't feel like reading? Here's a welcome video:

Hello, and welcome to the Gender and Sexuality Module! My name is Prof. Robert Marx, and I use they/them and he/him pronouns. I'm an Assistant Professor in Child and Adolescent Development in the Lurie College of Education, and my work focuses on better understanding the ways in which queer and trans adolescents survive and thrive in settings that were not set up for their success.


In this module, we'll be learning about gender and sexuality, with a focus on how we can incorporate our knowledge into our daily practices, interactions with others, and current and future work. 

To that aim, by the end of this module, students will be able to:

  1. describe a range of experiences using appropriate terminology related to gender and sexuality;
  2. examine the ways in which gender and sexuality operate in our daily lives;
  3. relate gender and sexuality terminology to their own experiences and development;
  4. advocate for changes in their schools, workplaces, or communities that advance equity and push back against anti-queer and anti-trans sentiments.

I know that sounds like a lot for a week, but I'm hopeful we have a productive, meaningful week together that's full of accomplishments!


Gender and Sexuality 


Media Clips

Here are some film that might be of interest to you as you work to better understand gender identity and sexual orientation.