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

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UBC Press, 2013 - Social Science - 289 pages
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Recent cases of teen suicide linked with homophobic bullying havethrust the issue of school safety into the national spotlight. In“Don’t Be So Gay!” Queers, Bullying, and MakingSchools Safe, Donn Short considers the effectiveness ofsafe-school legislation. Drawing on interviews with queer youth andtheir allies in the Toronto area, Short concludes that currentlegislation is more responsive than proactive. Moreover, culturalinfluences and peer pressure may be more powerful than legislation inshaping the school environment. Exploring how students’ ownexperiences, ideas, and definitions of safety might be translated intopolicy reform, this book offers a fresh perspective on a hotly debatedissue.
 

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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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