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The Gay Agenda

Claiming Space, Identity, and Justice


Gerald Walton

The «gay agenda» is a rhetorical strategy deployed by the religious right and other social conservatives to magnify fear and hostility of queers. Queers are accused, among other things, of strategizing to recruit children into sexually deviant lifestyles; dismantling family and marriage as cornerstones of civilization; and forcing the entertainment industry and court systems to do their bidding. Queers certainly do have an agenda but it is not the one that the religious right claims it is. It is to assert their presence in the public space; claim and name their identities; and strategize for social justice in law, schools, and workplaces. The Gay Agenda: Claiming Space, Identity, and Justice claims and reclaims the language of «agenda» and turns the rhetoric of the religious right on its ear. The contributors provide insightful and sharp commentary on gay agendas for human rights, marriage and family, cultural influences, schooling and education, and politics and law.
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13. My Real “Gay Agenda”:Exposing the Holy Homophobia of Catholic Schools, by Tonya D. Callaghan


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My Real “Gay Agenda”: Exposing the Holy Homophobia of Catholic Schools

Tonya D. Callaghan

My real “gay (research) agenda” is an overt attempt to expose the “holy homophobia” (Callaghan, 2012) of publicly-funded Canadian Catholic schools, to encourage Catholic education leaders to begin to bring Catholic schools in line with Canadian law vis-à-vis sexual and gender minorities, and to ensure that anti-homophobia education reaches Canadian Catholic schools. The overarching goal of my research agenda is to integrate theory and practice in such a way that educational stakeholders become aware of the contradictions underlying their educational practice, and ideally become motivated to free lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students and teachers from religiously-inspired heterosexist oppression in school settings.

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