ERIC Number: EJ1047889
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Messy, Butch, and Queer: LGBTQ Youth and the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Snapp, Shannon D.; Hoenig, Jennifer M.; Fields, Amanda; Russell, Stephen T.
Journal of Adolescent Research, v30 n1 p57-82 Jan 2015
Emerging evidence suggests that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth experience disparate treatment in schools that may result in criminal sanctions. In an effort to understand the pathways that push youth out of schools, we conducted focus groups with youth (n = 31) from Arizona, California, and Georgia, and we interviewed adult advocates from across the United States (n = 19). Independent coders used MAXQDA to organize and code data. We found that LGBTQ youth are punished for public displays of affection and violating gender norms. Youth often experience a hostile school climate, may fight to protect themselves, and are frequently blamed for their own victimization. Family rejection and homelessness facilitate entry in the school-to-prison pipeline. Narratives highlight new opportunities to challenge inequity in schools.
Descriptors: Homosexuality, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity, Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions, Influences, Educational Environment, At Risk Students, Focus Groups, Interviews, Adults, Coding, Social Bias, Social Attitudes, School Culture, School Safety, Victims, Advocacy, Interpersonal Relationship, Punishment, Adolescents, Middle School Students, High School Students, Bullying
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; California; Georgia