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Based on extensive research, recent events, and numerous first-person accounts, this revealing book illuminates both the challenges and triumphs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth, and offers effective strategies for combating LGBT marginalization in our nation's schools and communities.

Safe Spaces: Making Schools and Communities Welcoming to LGBT Youth is the first book to offer a comprehensive view of the complex lives of LGBT youth of all ages, from kindergarten through college. Drawing on a wealth of research collected from first-person accounts of students, family, educators, and community members, the authors not only chronicle the struggles of LGBT youth but also describe models of inclusive school and community environments.

The authors address the breadth of experiences of LGBT youth-in and out of the classroom, at home and in the community, and in personal interactions with allies and antagonists. They also reveal how these young people, their friends and families, teachers, and dedicated allies stem the tide of LGBT exclusion. Most important, Safe Spaces offers action steps for readers who want to make their own homes, schools, and communities safe and welcoming spaces for LGBT youth.


  • More than 80 real-life narratives, drawn from the stories of 100 people, including students, family members, educators, and community leaders
  • A "Queerossary" of dozens of key terms, including multiple definitions for terms with specific meanings within the LGBT community
  • A bibliography of academic, policy, and news materials related to LGBT issues
  • More than 50 action steps readers can use to create safe spaces for LGBT youth
  • Reflection Points provide questions and statements that offer readers an opportunity to reflect upon the ways a particular topic or issue relates to their lives
  • An appendix listing LGBT resources

Safe spaces - Annemarie Vaccaro

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Title
Safe spaces - making schools and communities welcoming to LGBT youth
Author
Annemarie Vaccaro
format
Hardback
Publisher
Praeger
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20111102

Based on extensive research, recent events, and numerous first-person accounts, this revealing book illuminates both the challenges and triumphs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth, and offers effective strategies for combating LGBT marginalization in our nation's schools and communities.

Safe Spaces: Making Schools and Communities Welcoming to LGBT Youth is the first book to offer a comprehensive view of the complex lives of LGBT youth of all ages, from kindergarten through college. Drawing on a wealth of research collected from first-person accounts of students, family, educators, and community members, the authors not only chronicle the struggles of LGBT youth but also describe models of inclusive school and community environments.

The authors address the breadth of experiences of LGBT youth-in and out of the classroom, at home and in the community, and in personal interactions with allies and antagonists. They also reveal how these young people, their friends and families, teachers, and dedicated allies stem the tide of LGBT exclusion. Most important, Safe Spaces offers action steps for readers who want to make their own homes, schools, and communities safe and welcoming spaces for LGBT youth.


  • More than 80 real-life narratives, drawn from the stories of 100 people, including students, family members, educators, and community leaders
  • A "Queerossary" of dozens of key terms, including multiple definitions for terms with specific meanings within the LGBT community
  • A bibliography of academic, policy, and news materials related to LGBT issues
  • More than 50 action steps readers can use to create safe spaces for LGBT youth
  • Reflection Points provide questions and statements that offer readers an opportunity to reflect upon the ways a particular topic or issue relates to their lives
  • An appendix listing LGBT resources

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Annemarie Vaccaro, PhD, is a faculty member in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Rhode Island.

Gerri August, PhD, is a member of the Foundations faculty in the Department of Educational Studies at Rhode Island College.

Megan S. Kennedy, PhD, is a faculty member in the Department of Education at Westfield State University, Massachusetts.

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Sexual minority youth - United States.|Sexual minority youth - Psychology - United States.|Sexual minority youth - Education - United States.|Public schools - Social aspects - United States.
Country of Publication
California
Number of Pages
192

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