Standing Out, Standing Together The Social and Political Impact of Gay-Straight Alliances
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Just a decade ago, requests by students to establish groups to support gay and lesbian students were rare and generally met with shock and confusion by school administrators and local communities. Today there are more than 1600 gay straight alliances (GSAs) across the country.Standing Out, Standing Togetherdocuments the emergence of gay straight alliances in public schools across America - from factors that have contributed to the relatively rapid spread of GSA to those that stirred controversy and posed roadblocks. Using over 10 years of interviews with students, teachers, administrators and political activists; case studies; and local and national media reports, Miceli explores the personal and political stakes involved in the battles over GSAs. Although the book acknowledges and documents the harassment, abuse and problems suffered by many gay, lesbian, transgendered, and bisexual students, its primary focus is on these students as political activists, rather than as passive victims, making it aunique contribution to sociologists, educators, political activists and LGBTreaders alike.
List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publication date: 9/26/2005
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.60" tall
|Gay-straight alliances : from an idea to a social movement|
|In the trenches : LGBT students struggle with school and sexual identity|
|"We're not going to take it anymore" : the beginnings of lesbian, gay, bisexual (and straight) student resistance|
|A little help from our friends : state and national organizations step in to help out and raise the stakes|
|Caught in the crosshairs : becoming the latest target of the religious right|
|Making headlines : media coverage of the debates over GSAs|
|The battles continue : life on the frontlines in schools across the country|