Publication Date: December 13, 2013
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 experiences that 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.
Cris Mayo is professor and associate head in the Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
“ Lively, engaging, crackles with wit, and carries readers through weighty matters with clarity.”
“This book should be required reading for all K–12 educators and beyond. Mayo maintains a refreshing, always practical approach to the ways teachers and administrators can better fulfill the goals of equity for all students.”
—A. Finn Enke, University of Wisconsin–Madison
“Mayo goes beyond platitudes and calls for tolerance to investigate the specific conflicts and controversies that seem to inevitably swarm around LGBTQ issues in education. What, we often ask, can we do to protect LGBTQ students, teachers, and families from harassment? Mayo offers answers in this incisive, necessary, and accessible book.”
—Jen Gilbert, associate professor, Faculty of Education, York University, Toronto, Ontario
2014 AESA Critics’ Choice Award