Creating Safe Schools for Queer Youth

Authored by: Kimberly Cosier

Handbook of Social Justice in Education

Print publication date:  December  2008
Online publication date:  June  2009

Print ISBN: 9780805859270
eBook ISBN: 9780203887745
Adobe ISBN: 9781135596149

10.4324/9780203887745.ch18

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Abstract

A school can make a difference in a young person's life. More precisely, the people in a school can make a difference. For kids who don't fit neatly into rigid social norms, schools can be alienating and hostile places. Every child has a right to a safe and supportive learning environment, yet the school experiences of children and youth who are negatively impacted by gender and sexuality-based issues can be fraught with trouble, even danger. Because such children and young people are diverse, I begin this chapter with a section devoted to brief descriptions of who I mean when I say "queer1 youth."

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