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

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UBC Press, 2013 - Social Science - 289 pages

Recent cases of teen suicide linked with homophobic bullying have thrust the issue of school safety into the national spotlight. In "Don't Be So Gay!" Queers, Bullying, and Making Schools Safe, Donn Short considers the effectiveness of safe-school legislation. Drawing on interviews with queer youth and their allies in the Toronto area, Short concludes that current legislation is more responsive than proactive. Moreover, cultural influences and peer pressure may be more powerful than legislation in shaping the school environment. Exploring how students' own experiences, ideas, 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 RobsonHall Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba and the foundingeditor of the Canadian Journal of Human Rights.

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