ISBN-10:
0807754889
ISBN-13:
9780807754887
Pub. Date:
11/22/2013
Publisher:
Teachers College Press
LGBTQ Youth and Education: Policies and Practices

LGBTQ Youth and Education: Policies and Practices

by MAYOMAYO
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Overview

Based on the diverse experiences of LGBTQ students and their allies, this essential volume brings together in one resource the major issues that schools must address to improve the educational outcomes for gender and sexual minority students—as well as all students. Many of these issues involve negative school-based experiencesthat teachers and administrators need to be aware of as they interact with students on a daily basis, including those that encourage dropping out, substance abuse, and disproportionate thoughts of suicide. This insightful work not only examines the challenges of discrimination, harassment, and alienation that LGBTQ youth face, but it also captures students' resilience and creativity in organizing against those challenges. The text includes teaching strategies, innovative projects, curricular revisions, and policy initiatives that have had positive effects on LGBTQ learning, aspirations, and school climate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807754887
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 11/22/2013
Series: Multicultural Education Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.17(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword James A. Banks vii

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

Necessary Tensions 4

Layers of Responsibility and Professional Sources for Justification for Nondiscrimination 7

Students' Rights to Expression, Privacy, and Association 11

Preparing Teachers and Leaders to Be Advocates 14

1 Background to LGBTQ Movements for Equality with a Focus on K-12 Related Issues 17

Key Definitions, Often in Flux and Contested 20

Opening the Subject of Sexuality and Gender Through Theory, History, and Political Movements 22

Overlapping Histories of LGBTQ Movements 24

Schools and the Histories of Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation 31

2 Thinking Through Biases and Assumptions About LGBTQ People 35

Gender as Process 35

Sexuality, Normalcy, and Intersecting Differences 39

Transphobia in Schools 44

Queer Relationalities 47

3 Specific School-Related Challenges Facing LGBTQ Students 51

Intersecting Harassments and Biases 53

LGBTQ Youth and the Challenges of Accessing Education 56

Resituating "Bullying" in Sexual Harassment 57

Another Form of "Not" Education: "You Can't Say Gay" Policies 60

Recognizing Family Diversity: LGBTQ-Headed Households and School Exclusion 62

Living in Families Under Public Debate: Legal and Social Contexts 64

4 Educatively Addressing LGBTQ Issues 69

Zero Tolerance and Exacerbating Distance 69

Sex and Non-Sex 74

Critical Queer Thinking and Queer Disciplines 76

Religious Tensions 80

Teaching and Learning for Ethical Relations 83

5 Supporting Student Extracurricular and Creative Efforts to Educate Schools on LGBTQ Issues 87

Gay-Straight Alliances and Associations Across Difference 87

Gay-Straight Alliances and the Equal Access Act 90

Attempts to Restrict Gay-Straight Alliances 92

The Day of Silence: Resistance and Reconciliation (Hopefully) 95

LGBTQ Youth and Public Spaces 97

6 LGBTQ Online Communities and Support 101

LGBTQ Digital Divides 102

LGBTQ Youth, Cyber Presence, and Intentional Community 106

Critical Media Literacy and Cyber Normalization 108

The Link Made Flesh 112

Retooling and Reassembling 113

References 117

Index 133

About the Author 147

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