BRINGING TOGETHER thirteen topics related to homosexuality and education, Understanding Homosexuality, Changing Schools provides a foundation in gay/lesbian studies and offers models for equity, inclusion, and school reform. It is designed to help educators, policymakers, and the public understand the significance of gay and lesbian issues in education; aid communication between gay/lesbian students and their families and schools; facilitate the integration of gay and lesbian families into the school community; and promote the inclusion of gay and lesbian curricula in a range of disciplines. It also seeks to promote the healthy development of all students through reducing bigotry, self-hatred, and violence. This volume makes the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience part of a democratic multicultural vision.
Introduction -- Overview of the Problem -- The Theories of Homosexuality -- Etiology -- Homophobia and Heterosexism -- American History -- Identity Formation -- Multiple Identities -- Counseling Issues -- Gay and Lesbian Teachers -- Gay and Lesbian Families -- School Change -- The Massachusetts Model -- Reform and Opposition -- Curriculum