Don't Be So Gay!: Queers, Bullying, and Making Schools Safe

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UBC Press, Mar 1, 2013 - Social Science - 316 pages
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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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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Safe Schools
17
3 How Schools Conceptualize Safety
45
4 Not Keeping a Straight Face
105
5 Obstacles to the Implementation of Equity Policies
123
6 The Long Arm of the Law?
167
7 Barriers to the Effectiveness of State Law
181
8 Conclusion
227
Notes
237
Bibliography
258
Index
274
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Donn Short is an assistant professor of law at Robson Hall Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba and the founding editor of the Canadian Journal of Human Rights.

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