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Educational Studies (USA)Arthur Lipkin, employing a writing style that is understandable and nonthreatening to the overarching community, creates an extremely readable text that is inviting to multiple levels of readers. By moving beyond the typical boundaries of educationese, Lipkin increases the viability of his audience and avoids the reductionistic view of diversity that is palatable for the current dominant heterosexist majority who control all aspects of society, which, of course, draws into play the public schools. [The author] provides a compelling read that draws on the narratives of people who surround the heterosexual majority constantly, and by naming their issues, he encourages thought processes to begin that leads to accessibility of what, in actuality, is a complex message.
Until a generation of nonhomophobes has a chance to grow and develop, a safe and secure environment for diverse peoples cannot be guaranteed within the supposedly 'public' schools. This is why initiating programs that expand definitions of diversity are so necessary today. Only when one learns not to fear 'the other' does the other become the self. Lipkin names the problem. He also proposes some steps toward working to eradicate the hurt which the GLBT population has incurred. It remains to those who work in universities and schools to find their courageous voices and to speak out so that diversity is something other than just another reason for setting aside a day when people pretend to accept difference while keeping their minds and their hearts firmly shut.