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Beyond Progress and Marginalization

LGBTQ Youth In Educational Contexts


Corrine C. Bertram, M. Sue Crowley and Sean G. Massey

Over time, two competing narratives have emerged to represent the experiences of LGBTQ youth, emphasizing either significant improvement or continued victimization and marginalization. This volume examines those conflicting narratives as they play out in educational settings, both formal and informal. Particular emphasis is placed on LGBTQ youths’ own expressions and representations, revealing the extent to which both oppression and opportunity interact to influence their still-emergent identities. Coming of age at the tail end of the «culture wars», these young people are situated within layers of influence across family, peers, schools, communities, and media. The simultaneous, fluid contexts of opportunity and oppression that LGBTQ youth negotiate are highlighted throughout this book in the youths’ own words, which often reveal a level of epistemological complexity that their elders would be wise to consider.
Contents: David Kilmnick: Foreword – M. Sue Crowley/Corrine C. Bertram/Sean G. Massey: Introduction – Marjorie Cooper-Nicols/Lisa Bowleg: «My Voice Is Being Heard»: Exploring the Experiences of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youth in Schools – Maria Valenti: The Roles of Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Advisors in Public High Schools – Darla Linville/David Lee Carlson: Becoming an Ally: Straight Friends of LGBTQ High School Students – Sean G. Massey: Attitudinal Ambivalence in the Developmental Contexts of LGB Adolescents – Jeneka Ann Joyce/Maya Elin O’Neil/Ellen Hawley McWhirter: Aspirations, Inspirations, and Obstacles: LGBTQ Youth and Processes of Career Development – Thomas Scott Duke: Working with LGBTQ Youth with Disabilities: How Special Educators Can Reconceptualize CEC Standards – Omar B. Jamil/Gary W. Harper: School for the Self: Examining the Role of Educational Settings in Identity Development among Gay, Bisexual, and Questioning Male Youth of Color – Kim A. Case/Heather Kanenberg/Stephen «Arch» Erich: Strategies for Building a Learning Environment of Inclusion and Acceptance for LGBTIQ Students – Corrine C. Bertram: Telling Stories Out of Class: Excavating LGBTQ Youth Knowledge from Liminal Spaces – M. Sue Crowley: Defining Themselves: LGBQS Youth Online – Diane R. Wiener/Christine M. Smith: Runners-Up: How Lesbian and Gay Sidekicks in Mainstream U.S. Cinema Can Influence Lesbian and Gay Youth and Those Who Work with Them.