Don't Be So Gay!: Queers, Bullying, and Making Schools Safe
Once viewed as an inevitable if unpleasant part of growing up, bullying is now recognized as a serious safety issue -- particularly in light of recent teen suicides linked with homophobia in schools.In Don t Be So Gay! Queers, Bullying, and Making Schools Safe, Donn Short considers the effectiveness of anti-harassment policies and safe school legislation. After spending several months interviewing queer youth and their allies in the Toronto area, Short concludes that current legislation and its approach to school safety and homophobia has generally been more responsive than proactive. He suggests that while effective legislation is vital to establishing a safe space for queer students, other influences -- including religion, family beliefs, and peer pressure -- may be more powerful. Drawing on students own experiences and exploring how their understandings and definitions of safety might be translated into policy reform, this book offers a fresh perspective on a hotly debated issue.
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