ERIC Number: EJ1070310
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
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Reference Count: 56
A Critical Discourse Analysis of "No Promo Homo" Policies in US Schools
Barrett, Brian; Bound, Arron M.
Educational Studies: Journal of the American Educational Studies Association, v51 n4 p267-283 2015
This article presents a critical discourse analysis of "no promo homo" policies and their effects in US schools. "No promo homo"--short for "no promotion of homosexuality" (Eskridge, 2000, p. 1329)--polices have been adopted across nine states and several local school districts in the United States. They direct teachers and school officials to take a neutral position on the subject of sexual orientation and identity and often restrict or prohibit any school-based instruction, counseling, discussion, or activity that could be construed as being positive about or promoting homosexuality (Bonauto, n.d.; Cahill & Cianciotto, 2004; Eskridge 2000). Our analysis suggests that, despite their claim to neutrality, no promo homo policies are actively harmful both to students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT)1 as well as to the broader school community. In an effort to ultimately promote healthier, more equitable school environments and experiences for all students, this article aims to raise awareness about the problematic effects of no promo homo policy language and the assumptions that often underlie it.
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Homosexuality, School Policy, School Districts, Board of Education Policy, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity, Educational Environment, Social Bias, Social Justice
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