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