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Trans Youth in Education

1st Edition

Edited by Jen Gilbert, Julia Sinclair-Palm


182 pages

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pub: 2019-05-08
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Offering both practical advice for teachers, counsellors, and administrators, and provocative essays on the politics of gender in schools, this collection brings together established and emerging scholars of trans issues in education.

As more young people identify as trans, or outside normative gender categories, schools must find ways to support their educational success. The authors in this volume explore the diverse experiences of trans youth in schools and insist on understanding trans experiences intersectionally. The chapters grapple with policies, procedures, curricula, and administrative practices that too often neglect the needs of trans students; but also present stories about the ordinary challenges and pleasures that trans youth experience in adolescence.

This volume will be of interest to all inclusivity-minded educators and scholars of trans youth. This book was originally published as a special issue of Sex Education.

Table of Contents

Introduction – Editorial introduction: naming new realities: supporting trans youth in education

Julia Sinclair-Palm and Jen Gilbert

1. "The student drives the car, right?": trans students and narratives of decision-making in schools

Hélène Frohard-Dourlent

2. Sex and gender in transition in US schools: ways forward

sj Miller, Cris Mayo and Catherine A. Lugg

3. Sexua-romanticised pathways of transmasculine college students in the USA

T. J. Jourian

4. Transgender young people’s narratives of intimacy and sexual health: implications for sexuality education

Damien W. Riggs and Clare Bartholomaeus

5. Finding possibilities in the impossible: a celebratory narrative of trans youth experiences in the Southeastern USA

Stephanie Anne Shelton and Aryah O. S. Lester

6. Community support programme: support for Chinese trans* students experiencing genderism

Diana Kan Kwok

7. ‘More than boy, girl, male, female’: exploring young people’s views on gender diversity within and beyond school contexts

Sara Bragg, Emma Renold, Jessica Ringrose and Carolyn Jackson

8. New trans* visibilities: working the limits and possibilities of gender at school

Aoife Neary

9. Teachers’ professional learning to affirm transgender, non-binary, and gender-creative youth: experiences and recommendations from the field

Elizabeth J. Meyer and Bethy Leonardi

10. Advocacy for gender minority students: recommendations for school counsellors

Jack D. Simons, Matthew J. Beck, Nancy R. Asplund, Christian D. Chan and Rebekah Byrd

11. Trump, trans students and transnational progress

Tiffany Jones

About the Editors

Jen Gilbert is Associate Professor of Education at York University in Toronto, Canada, doing research which focuses on gender and sexuality in schools, especially controversies surrounding sexuality education. Recent work includes Sexuality in School: The Limits of Education (2014), winner of the AERA Outstanding Book Award (Division B: Curriculum).

Julia Sinclair-Palm is an Instructor in Childhood and Youth Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. In her research, she examines how trans youth forge new identities, imagine futures, and navigate structural inequalities in the midst of these larger, and sometimes restrictive, narratives about trans lives.

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