Troubling Intersections of Race and Sexuality: Queer Students of Color and Anti-Oppressive Education

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In recent years, researchers have considerably expanded our understanding of the experiences of students of color and of students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning (ie. Queer). They have provided us with rich resources for addressing racism and heterosexism; however, few have examined the unique experiences of students who are both queer and of color, and few have examined the heterosexist or white-centered nature of anti-racist or anti-heterosexist education (respectively). What of the students and educators who live and teach at the intersection of race and sexuality? By combining autobiographical accounts with qualitative and quantitative research on queer students of different racial backgrounds, these essays not only trouble the ways we think about the intersections of race and sexuality, they also offer theoretical insights and educational strategies to educators committed to bringing about change.

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Editorial Reviews

from the Foreword by Didi Khayatt
This is a critical anthology that stands as the first of its kind in that it deals with queer youths of color in articles written by, for, and about these young people within the context of education.
Carl A. Grant
Kumashiro has orchestrated a revealing and illuminating account of both the problematic and contested social, political, and educational issues that many gay and straight students and educators confront in schools and society. Each chapter author disrupts silences and gives voice to important facets of school and college life that oppress queer students, such as curriculum, pedagogy, climate, staff, and identity formation. Collectively, the chapters become a powerful tool for understanding intersections of race and sexuality, and the impact of this intersection in the daily lives of students and teachers.
Gender and Education
This anthology of essays is not only a worth read, but as an exceptional text on inclusion, diversity and haunted silelnces, it is a highly desirable read for the educators and researchers among us who accept the challenge to cross these troubling intersections.
Nineteen essays examine the relations between race and sexuality, developing the theories of each and offering educational strategies for promoting change. Featuring autobiographical accounts, qualitative research, and quantitative studies, this collection brings attention to the experiences of queer students from a variety of racial backgrounds. Topics include objectification, fitting in, negotiated identities, community efforts, multicultural education, anti-oppression strategies, feminism, and anti-racist pedagogy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Meet the Author

Kevin K. Kumashiro is assistant professor of education at Bates College.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Foreword Chapter 3 Acknowledgments Chapter 4 Queer Students of Color and Antiracist, Antiheterosexist Education: Paradoxes of Identity and Activism Part 5 Identities and Cultures Chapter 6 Eres Maricon? Por "Eladio" Chapter 7 To Be Objectified Chapter 8 When Fitting In Isn't an Option, or Why Black Queer Males at a California High School Stay Away from Project 10 Chapter 9 An Interview with Dena Underwood Chapter 10 Chosen Chapter 11 Where Have All the Queer Students of Color Gone? Negotiated Identity of Queer Chicana/o Students Chapter 12 GAM4GWM Chapter 13 Where I Am Today Chapter 14 Undressing the Normal: Community Efforts for Queer Asian and Asian American Youth Chapter 15 An Interview with Quincy Greene Chapter 16 "There are No Gay Koreans" Chapter 17 Adolescent Sexual Orientation, Race, Ethnicity, and School Environments: A National Study of Sexual Minority Youth of Color Chapter 18 First Nations, Queer and Education Chapter 19 Gray Boy, Rainbow Man Part 20 Anti-Racist, Anti-Heterosexist Education Chapter 21 Narratives of Hybridity and the Challenge to Multicultural Education Chapter 22 Systemic Anti-Oppression Strategies for School Counselors as Allies Advocating for Queer Children, Youth, and Families of Multiracial Experience Chapter 23 Race and Sexual Orientation in Multicultural Feminist Teacher Education Chapter 24 "If I Teach About these Issues they Will Blow Up My House": The Possibilities and Tensions of Queered, Anti-Racist Pedagogy

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