Understanding Gay and Lesbian Youth: Lessons for Straight School Teachers, Counselors, and Administrators

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Understanding Gay and Lesbian Youth assists the classroom teacher, school counselor, and administrator in relating to gay and lesbian youth and creating accepting and supportive learning climates. David Campos begins with a discussion of the current state of affairs regarding gay and lesbian youth in schools, including a discourse on the developmental milestones, and provides practical strategies for working effectively with these students. The text, concise, yet comprehensive, features: · Two surveys to assess school climates toward gay and lesbian youth · Quizzes about gay and lesbian issues · Personal stories by gay and lesbian youth and adults Perhaps the most salient feature of Understanding Gay and Lesbian Youth is that each chapter poses a series of questions relating to today's society, such as: · Why are gay and lesbian youth considered "at risk"? · How does the development of gay and lesbian youth differ from that of heterosexual youth? · What do I do if a student tells me he or she is gay or lesbian?

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Campos presents an aid for educators, counselors, and administrators to improve their understanding, knowledge, and support skills when working with gay and lesbian youth. He provides facts and statistics, information on development and creating a safe environment, and explains terms, symbols, myths, and histories.
The stated purpose of this book is to "transform you into an ally, not necessarily an advocate." To that purpose, Campos addresses his book to teachers similar to the hypothetical Mrs. Kendall in the opening vignette titled, "They Weren't About to Change My Mind." The offerings in this book range from developmental milestones of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) students to tips for school counselors and administrators. Chapters include information boxes, reflect-and-write suggestions, an idea file for further research, and a list of references consulted. The book suffers from trying to do too much, however. It cannot decide whether it is an informational book about GLBT issues, a workbook for practicing educators, or a handbook of lists for creating a positive school environment. Although none of those three goals is unworthy, attempting to combine them all into one book leaves the reader feeling a bit overwhelmed. Because the stated goal is to create allies out of those educators who may be resistant to GLBT issues, this combination approach to information may easily defeat them. Another concern is that some suggestions are counter to what a great deal of other literature tells one to do. For example, one of the things teachers are told not to do if a student comes out to them is to "encourage the student to explore the GLBT community" or "encourage the student to attend gay and lesbian pride parades or political and social events." If done within the bounds of the student's level of safety, these are perfectly reasonable suggestions to make. They could help the student find others to relate to and to talk with. Also a bit disconcerting about this book is the highlydetailed chapter on the school counselor and GLBT students. A school counselor should not need to be told to "monitor your attitudes, biases, and beliefs." As much as educators need a book to address the concerns of those who are not yet allies, this book has too many flaws to receive a wholehearted endorsement. 2005, Rowman & Littlefield, 410p.; Index. Source Notes. Further Reading. Appendix., PLB and pb. Ages adult professional.
—Lynn Evarts
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578862672
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Pages: 370
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

David Campos is an associate professor in the School of Education at the University of the Incarnate Word. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in special education, multicultural education, and curriculum methods, written a book on sex education and another on diverse sexuality in schools, and traveled to China in 2004 as a Fulbright Scholar.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction : you're straight, not narrow 1
Ch. 2 Facts and statistics about gay and lesbian youth 17
Ch. 3 Developmental milestones you should know 43
Ch. 4 Safe schools and legal standards : these youth need to be protected 65
Ch. 5 Terms and symbols defined 103
Ch. 6 Refuting the myths 119
Ch. 7 History of the gay and lesbian community 141
Ch. 8 Famous gay and lesbian persons and resourceful organizations 181
Ch. 9 Developing support in your learning community 205
Ch. 10 School counselors and their gay and lesbian students 243
Ch. 11 The school administrator and the protection of gay and lesbian students 291
Ch. 12 Resources for schools 317
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