Harvard Educational Review
  1. The Gay Teen

    Educational Practice and Theory for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Adolescents

    Edited by Gerald Unks

    New York: Routledge, 1995. 250 pp. $16.95 (paper).

    In The Gay Teen, Gerald Unks has collected a series of articles that explore gay and lesbian educational issues from a variety of perspectives. The first set of articles introduces the reader to lesbian and gay adolescents, offering a broad overview of developmental and interpersonal issues facing lesbian and gay youth.

    The second set of articles, which I found to be the strongest section in the collection, focuses more on practice. These articles make a case for lesbian and gay curriculum reform efforts, offer specific suggestions for teaching gay and lesbian literature, and examine lesbian and gay issues in high school athletics. Particularly powerful is the article by Eric Rofes, "Making Our Schools Safe for Sissies," in which Rofes explores the gendered struggle for boys who don't fall within the normative standard of enforced masculinity. Rofes describes the day-to-day reality of boys considered sissies in school — a reality all too often filled with verbal and physical abuse. He castigates both educational workers and members of the gay community for ignoring the plight of "sissy" boys in public schools. The brief article concludes with recommendations for school administrators and teachers.

    Articles in the next section offer theoretical perspectives underlying educational practice involving lesbian and gay students. These essays address issues of race, identity, and resistance, and connect to other bodies of work on critical pedagogy and queer theory.

    The final section of the book examines specific model programs that have been developed to help meet the needs of lesbian and gay youth. These articles look at school-based programs, gay/straight alliances within schools, and out-of-school support programs for young lesbians and gays.

    Many of the articles in The Gay Teen are short, and do not provide an in-depth exploration of their subjects. However, taken together, these articles offer a broad overview of issues related to lesbian and gay youth in schools. In a single volume, readers can acquire an introduction to developmental perspectives, curriculum and pedagogy, and specific practice suggestions. Readers also have the opportunity to sample the work of scholars and practitioners such as Warren Blumenfeld, Karen Harbeck, James Sears, Kenneth Monteiro, Peter McLaren, Pat Griffin, and Virginia Uribe. The Gay Teen provides an important contribution to the growing body of work on lesbian and gay adolescents.

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    Abstracts

    Introduction
    By Vitka Eisen and Irene Hall
    Youth Voices
    Stone Butch Celebration
    A Transgender-Inspired Revolution in Academia
    By Wendy Ormiston
    Negotiating Legacies
    Audre Lorde, W. E. B. DuBois, Marlon Riggs, and Me
    By Townsand Price-Spratlen
    A Gay-Themed Lesson in an Ethnic Literature Curriculum
    Tenth Graders' Responses to "Dear Anita"
    By Steven Z. Athanases
    What Difference Does It Make? The Story of a Lesbian Teacher
    By Carla Washburne Rensenbrink
    Toward a Most Thorough Understanding of the World
    Sexual Orientation and Early Childhood Education
    By Virginia Casper, Harriet K. Cuffaro, Steven Schultz, Jonathan G. Silin, and Elaine Wickens
    Race and Sexual Orientation
    The (Im)possibility of These Intersections in Educational Policy
    By Kathryn Snider
    How We Find Ourselves
    Identity Development and Two Spirit People
    By Alex Wilson
    Manly Men and Womanly Women
    Deviance, Gender Role Polarization, and the Shift in Women's School Employment, 1900-1976
    By Jackie M. Blount
    Researching Dissident Subjectivities
    Queering the Grounds of Theory and Practice
    By Kenn Gardner Honeychurch
    Cornel West on Heterosexism and Transformation
    An Interview
    HER Board

    Book Notes

    Open Lives, Safe Schools
    Edited by Donovan R. Walling

    Uncommon Heroes
    Edited by Phillip Sherman and Samuel Bernstein

    Free Your Mind
    By Ellen Bass and Kate Kaufman.

    Becoming Visible
    Edited by Kevin Jennings

    Death By Denial
    By Gary Remafedi

    Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?
    By Letha Dawson Scanzoni and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott.

    One Teacher in Ten
    By Kevin Jennings

    The Gay Teen
    Edited by Gerald Unks

    Tilting the Tower
    Edited by Linda Garber

    School's Out
    by Dan Woog

    The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader
    Edited by Henry Abelove, Michele Aina Barale, and David M. Halperin

    Joining the Tribe
    By Linnea Due

    How Would You Feel If Your Dad Was Gay?
    By Ann Heron and Meredith Maran; illustrated by Kris Kovick.

    Helping Gay and Lesbian Youth
    Edited by Teresa DeCrescenzo