Understanding Homosexuality / Edition 1

Understanding Homosexuality / Edition 1

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by Arthur Lipkin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813325358

ISBN-13: 9780813325354

Pub. Date: 01/01/2001

Publisher: Westview Press


Scholarship on homosexuality, gay and lesbian identities, history, and culture came to universities too late for most elementary and secondary school educators, leaving them unprepared to deal with these subjects. Moreover, some teacher education faculty still neglect these topics out of moral scruple, fear, or inattention to new research and practice. Yet teacher

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Scholarship on homosexuality, gay and lesbian identities, history, and culture came to universities too late for most elementary and secondary school educators, leaving them unprepared to deal with these subjects. Moreover, some teacher education faculty still neglect these topics out of moral scruple, fear, or inattention to new research and practice. Yet teacher education and training must incorporate these issues, if only because the plight of homosexual adolescents has become increasingly apparent. Understanding Homosexuality, Changing Schools, written by veteran teacher and university instructor Arthur Lipkin, provides a foundation in gay/lesbian studies and offers models for equity, inclusion, and school reform. It is designed to help teachers, administrators, counselors, and policymakers understand the significance of gay and lesbian issues in education; to aid communication between gay and lesbian students and their families and schools; to facilitate the integration of gay and lesbian families into the school community; and to promote the inclusion of gay and lesbian curricula in a range of disciplines. This book is also designed to promote the healthy development of all students through reducing bigotry, self-hatred, and violence. Bringing together thirteen topics related to homosexuality and education, Understanding Homosexuality, Changing Schools makes the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience part of a democratic multicultural vision.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813325354
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
01/01/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
524
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Introductionxiii
1Overview of the Problem1
Diversity in Our Culture1
Attitudes Toward Homosexuality2
Homophobic Violence4
Barriers to Prevention and Treatment of Heterosexism7
2The Theories of Homosexuality14
Historical Essentialism15
Social Constructionism16
The Essentialist-Constructionist Debate23
Toward a Synthesis25
Implications for the Present29
3Etiology33
Psychological Theories34
Genetic Theories35
Multiple Interactive Causes40
Why Ask--Why Now?41
4Homophobia and Heterosexism45
The Theories of Kite and Herek47
Homophobia and Moral Development49
Sexism and Homophobia/Heterosexism55
Gender as a Predictor56
Internalized Homophobia57
Homophobia and Behavior60
Institutional Heterosexism61
5American History65
Colonial America66
Industrialization67
The Impact of World War II74
The Postwar Experience76
The Fifties77
Pre-Stonewall Militancy82
The Stonewall Riots85
The Seventies92
The Eighties95
AIDS96
The Nineties97
6Identity Formation99
Developmental Models100
Limitations104
Pitfalls105
Developmental Needs for Successful Navigation107
Stigma Management108
Gender Differences109
The Human Development Model114
7Multiple Identities117
Class119
Race and Ethnicity120
Definitional Pressures139
8Counseling Issues141
Mental Health and Risk Assessment142
Counseling Areas145
Counseling Students164
Counseling Families179
Counseling Multiple Minorities186
9Gay and Lesbian Teachers194
History195
Concerns197
Identity Management208
The Personal Cost of the Closet211
The Benefits and Responsibilities of Coming Out212
Effects on Students213
When to Come Out215
Preparing for Fallout217
10Gay and Lesbian Families218
Legalities218
Societal Prejudice219
The Research220
Problems and Concerns224
What Schools Can Do226
11School Change230
Changing Individuals231
Changing the School239
Changing Administrators254
Changing the Community258
What One Teacher Can Do: A Checklist260
12The Massachusetts Model263
The Safe Schools Program264
New Laws and Standards265
Responses from the Schools266
School Policies269
Staff Training271
Gay/Straight Alliances273
Limitations of the Massachusetts Model276
13Reform and Opposition288
State and Municipal Reforms288
National Organizations300
Opposition307
14Curriculum327
Why Curriculum?328
Curriculum as Change Agent337
The Disciplines342
Sanitizing359
Publishers363
National Curriculum Projects364
Faculty Training365
A Last Word367
Notes369
Index485

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Understanding Homosexuality 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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  This book is a must read for everyone concerned with the issues of gay youths in our families, schools and communities. It is very well researched and documented, with hundreds of footnotes and references, by a person who is three ways qualified: he is gay, he was a public high school teacher for 20 years, and he has been a scholar at Harvard for several years. Despite being scholarly, it is highly readable, with many quotations and examples. I especially appreciate its quiet, thoughtful, judicious tone even though it is about a highly emotional and controversial set of issues. Lipkin's book should be read by all gay young people and their parents, by friends and neighbors, and by teachers and administrators and others who set policy for and provide guidance for our young people, both gay and straight. If enough people read it, it could lead to less teen suicide and murder, and to a reduction in gay bashing incidents and personal misery. Buy it, read it, and then tell your friends and your school personnel.