Standing Out, Standing Together: The Political and Social Impact of Gay-Straight Alliances / Edition 1

Standing Out, Standing Together: The Political and Social Impact of Gay-Straight Alliances / Edition 1

by Melinda Miceli, Miceli Miceli
     
 

Just a decade ago, requests by students to establish groups to support gay and lesbian students were rare and generally met with shock and confusion by school administrators and local communities. Today there are more than 1600 gay straight alliances (GSAs) across the country. Standing Out, Standing Together documents the emergence of gay straight alliances

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Overview

Just a decade ago, requests by students to establish groups to support gay and lesbian students were rare and generally met with shock and confusion by school administrators and local communities. Today there are more than 1600 gay straight alliances (GSAs) across the country. Standing Out, Standing Together documents the emergence of gay straight alliances in public schools across America - from factors that have contributed to the relatively rapid spread of GSA to those that stirred controversy and posed roadblocks. Using over 10 years of interviews with students, teachers, administrators and political activists; case studies; and local and national media reports, Miceli explores the personal and political stakes involved in the battles over GSAs. Although the book acknowledges and documents the harassment, abuse and problems suffered by many gay, lesbian, transgendered, and bisexual students, its primary focus is on these students as political activists, rather than as passive victims, making it a unique contribution to sociologists, educators, political activists and LGBTreaders alike.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415950923
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1Gay-straight alliances : from an idea to a social movement15
2In the trenches : LGBT students struggle with school and sexual identity41
3"We're not going to take it anymore" : the beginnings of lesbian, gay, bisexual (and straight) student resistance57
4A little help from our friends : state and national organizations step in to help out and raise the stakes91
5Caught in the crosshairs : becoming the latest target of the religious right137
6Making headlines : media coverage of the debates over GSAs159
7The battles continue : life on the frontlines in schools across the country189
8Harnessing the social and political power of the GSA movement221

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