This book examines teacher candidates' experiences with gender and sexuality in the classroom, offering insight and strategies to better prepare teachers and teacher educators to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth and families.
1. Why This Course? Why This Book? 2. The Course: Transforming Belief Into Action 3. "I Thought of Myself as Neutral in Some Ways, and Then Them as Other Things": Recognizing and Challenging Heteronormativity 4. "It's Hard to Wrap Your Mind Around": Teacher Candidates' Discourse Concerning Gender Identity 5. "Perhaps I Am Not as Open-minded as I Thought": Religion and Sexuality 6. "Knowing the Unknowingness at the Core of What We Know": Queered Teaching 7. "Was I Supposed to Just Continue With My Lesson?": Working Within and Around Constraints in Schools and Developing Teacher Agency 8. Conclusions