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Rethinking Sexual Identity in Education


reviewed by Rita M Kissen — 2006

coverTitle: Rethinking Sexual Identity in Education
Author(s): Susan Birden
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 0742542955, Pages: 196, Year: 2005
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As the national mood shifts toward the right, LGBTQ (lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender and questioning) people find themselves under increasing attack by religious fundamentalists, neo-conservatives and others who would stigmatize the socially, racially, religiously, and sexually different.  As usual, schools and colleges are a crucial arena for the ensuing battles.  According to the most recent National School Climate Survey by GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network), 84% of LGBTQ students report being verbally harassed because of their sexual orientation, and 82.9% report that faculty never or rarely intervene when present (Kosciw, 2004).  Clearly, educators and teacher educators have their work cut out for them. Early studies of sexual identity in education described the lives of LGBTQ students and teachers or offered guides for incorporating LGBTQ themes and topics into school curricula.  Given the imperative to make schools safe for sexual minority youth—indeed, for all youth—educators have concentrated, not surprisingly,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 146-149
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12107, Date Accessed: 10/16/2017 8:28:17 PM

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  • Rita Kissen
    University of Southern Maine
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    RITA M. KISSEN recently retired from the University of Southern Maine, where she was Professor of Teacher Education. She is the author of The Last Closet: The Real Lives of Lesbian and Gay Teachers (Heinemann 1996) and editor of Getting Ready for Benjamin: Preparing Teachers for Sexual Diversity in the Classroom (Rowman & Littlefield 2002).
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