Learning lessons from school: Homophobia, heterosexism, and the construction of failure

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Abstract

Gay and lesbian youth drop out of school in disproportionate numbers. In tracing the school experiences of a young lesbian, this manuscript explores how heterosexism and homophobia contribute to the construction of a school "failure." It makes the point that what is construed as a "private problem," i.e., one young lesbian dropping out of school, is in reality a socially constructed issue that needs to be addressed on a level beyond that of the individual.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSchool Experiences of Gay and Lesbian Youth
Subtitle of host publicationThe Invisible Minority
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Pages51-64
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781317823315
ISBN (Print)9780789003768
StatePublished - 19 Dec 2013

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Herr, K. (2013). Learning lessons from school: Homophobia, heterosexism, and the construction of failure. In School Experiences of Gay and Lesbian Youth: The Invisible Minority (pp. 51-64). Taylor and Francis Inc..