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LGBTQ Voices in Education

Changing the Culture of Schooling, 1st Edition

Edited by Veronica E. Bloomfield, Marni E. Fisher


226 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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LGBTQ Voices in Education: Changing the Culture of Schooling addresses the ways in which teachers can meet the needs of LGBTQ students and improve the culture surrounding gender, sexuality, and identity issues in formal learning environments. Written by experts from a variety of backgrounds including educational foundations, leadership, cultural studies, literacy, criminology, theology, media assessment, and more, these chapters are designed to help educators find the inspiration and support they need to become allies and advocates of queer students, whose safety, well-being, and academic performance are regularly and often systemically threatened. Emphasizing socially just curricula, supportive school climates, and transformative educational practices, this innovative book is applicable to K-12, college-level, and graduate settings, and beyond.


"From politicians to pundits to peers, we can hear homophobia normalized and routinized daily, but we can also insist that they not be what frame our experiences or our education, as is the call of Bloomfield, Fisher, and colleagues in this important new book. LGBTQ Voices in Education brings together a refreshingly diverse mix of scholars and educators from various disciplines to inspire changes that educators across grade levels and educational sessions can and should make possible for all of our students."

--Kevin Kumashiro, Dean and Professor of the School of Education at the University of San Francisco, USA, and author of Against Common Sense: Teaching and Learning toward Social Justice

Table of Contents


Kris De Pedro

Preface: Entering the Conversation: Dancing with Dragons

Veronica E. Bloomfield and Marni E. Fisher

Section I Introduction: Raising Awareness: Troubling the Waters

Veronica E. Bloomfield and Marni E. Fisher

Chapter One: How Old Ideas Can Help New Teachers: Support for LGBTQ Students as a Core Value

Michael Sadowski

Chapter Two: Exploring LGBTQ Issues in K-12 Education: A Dialogue with Graduate Students

Lynda R. Wiest, Cynthia H. Brock, and Julie L. Pennington

Chapter Three: Speaking of Sexuality: Teaching, Learning, and Mothering through the Questions

Veronica E. Bloomfield

Chapter Four: Breaking the Conspiracy of Silence: Creating Spaces at the Intersection of Diversity and Controversy

Marni E. Fisher and Kevin Stockbridge

Interlude I: Traveling Poet

Stacy E. Schupmann

Section II Introduction: Climate and Culture: Fostering Positive Identities

Veronica E. Bloomfield and Marni E. Fisher

Chapter Five: Educator Evaluations of School Climate for LGBTQ Students: A Reiteration of the Bullying Discourse

Melissa J. Smith and Elizabethe Payne

Chapter Six: Searching for Self and Society: Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Online

Elise Paradis

Chapter Seven: Changing School Culture through Gay-Straight Alliances

Markus Bidell

Chapter Eight: Queering Children’s Literature: Rationale and Resources

Danné E. Davis

Interlude II: Do You Need My Queerness to Define Your Straightness: The Pedagogy of Queering-Deviance in the Academy

Anna V. Wilson

Section III Introduction: Transformative Practices

Veronica E. Bloomfield and Marni E. Fisher

Chapter Nine: We Recruit: A Queer Pedagogy for Teacher Education

Julia Heffernan and Tina Gutierez-Schmich

Chapter Ten: Out of the Closet and Into the Classroom: LGBTQ Issues and Inclusive Classroom Practice

Sean Robinson

Chapter Eleven: Developing Critical Dialogue

J. Spencer Clark and James S. Brown

Chapter Twelve: Queer Earth: Troubling Dirt, Humanness, Gender Assumptions, and Binaries to Nurture Bioculturally Responsive Curricula

Marna Hauk

Dénouement: Speaking Up

Marni E. Fisher and Veronica E. Bloomfield

List of Contributors


About the Editors

Veronica E. Bloomfield is Adjunct Faculty in the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University, USA.

Marni E. Fisher is Adjunct Faculty in the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Aims & Objectives
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Health & Sexuality
EDUCATION / Students & Student Life
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects