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School experiences of gay and lesbian youth : the invisible minority
Harris, Mary B. (Mary Bierman), 1943-
Publication Information:
New York : Harrington Park Press, [1997]

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xxii, 115 pages ; 23 cm
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"Simultaneously issued by The Haworth Press, Inc., under the same title, as a special issue of the Journal of gay & lesbian social services, volume 7, number 4, 1997."
Schools: the neglected site of queer activists / Eric Rofes -- Images of the invisible minority -- Career development of lesbian and gay youth: effects of sexual orientation, coming out, and homophobia / Susan L. Morrow -- I will survive: lesbian, gay, and bisexual youths' experience in high school / Karen M. Jordan, Jill S. Vaughan, Katharine J. Woodworth -- Learning to be invisible: female sexual minority students in America's public high schools / Kathleen P. Malinsky -- Learning lessons from school: homophobia, heterosexism, and the construction of failure / Kathryn Herr -- Beyond high

school: heterosexuals' self-reported anti-gay/lesbian behaviors and attitudes / Amy M. Rey, Pamela Reed Gibson -- Coming out in a school setting: former students' experiences and opinions about disclosure / Mary B. Harris, Gail K. Bliss -- The sound of silence: public school response to the needs of gay and lesbian youth / Janet H. Fontaine.
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Journal of gay & lesbian social services, v. 7, no. 4.
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School Experiences of Gay and Lesbian Youth: The Invisible Minority shows teachers, youth advocates, administrators, and academic researchers how to embrace the needs of sexual minority students. Through research and case studies, this book explains the ways in which schools are failing the vulnerable population of gay, lesbian, and bisexual youths. This text shows you how to take responsibility for recognizing and protecting the rights and needs of gays and lesbians and ridding schools of discrimination, harassment, and violence.

As School Experiences of Gay and Lesbian Youth illustrates, the consequences of the cognitive, social, and emotional isolation that sexual minority youths experience as a result of homophobia and heterosexism can be devastating. With this book's helpful suggestions, provocative insight, and open challenges, you can help gay and lesbian youths develop feelings of self-worth as well as positive aspirations for their futures. Experiences of Gay and Lesbian Youth will help social workers, psychologists, academics, counselors, and other professionals understand: the dearth of role models in the career development of lesbian and gay youths how to integrate sexual orientation into career counseling how to incorporate the topic of homosexuality into educational curricula forms of homophobia (from the victim's and the agressor's points of view) and heterosexism in the high school environment how to open discussions about gay and lesbian issues at school the importance of having visible lesbian, gay, and bisexual staff who can provide support for sexual minority youth

School Experiences of Gay and Lesbian Youth also informs you on the experiences gay and lesbian adults who attended high school five to fifty years ago, as well as college students who have reported incidents of homophobic behavior in high school. In addition, this text discusses teachers'fears of being fired as a result of talking about sexual minority issues and how school environments can lead students to become drop outs. Experiences of Gay and Lesbian Youth will inform you on the issues facing gay and lesbian youth and provide you with suggestions on how to make the classroom a welcoming environment, regardless of sexual orientation.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Through research and case studies, seven essays explore the needs of queer students, explain how to meet those needs, and examine the consequences of failing to do so. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This compilation is a necessary primer for educators, board members, preservice teachers, and other school staff regarding the important issue of schools and gay and lesbian youth. The sad truth is that these kids represent an invisible minority for whom school can be a really hostile place. A foreword by Eric Rofes outlines the basic issue: "the school-based lives of lesbian, gay and bisexual youth continue to be fraught with silences, denials, dangers, and omissions. With a few notable exceptions, the heteronormativity of schools ... remains intransigent." Editor Harris (Univ. of New Mexico in Albuquerque) has assembled seven papers that present data from throughout the United States and that, in some cases, let us hear from the students themselves. They challenge us to do the right thing for all youth in the public schools. Simultaneously published as a special issue of the Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services 7:4 (1997). Excellent bibliographies are included with each chapter. Highly recommended for all. M. J. Carbone; Muhlenberg College