ERIC Number: EJ1086834
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
Embracing Diversity: The Dual Role of Gay-Straight Alliances
Stonefish, Twiladawn; Lafreniere, Kathryn D.
Canadian Journal of Education, v38 n4 2015
The social landscape has changed regarding public knowledge, perception, and acceptance of "alternative" sexual lifestyles. In recent years, public and political discourse around issues of non-heterosexual orientations has shifted significantly. Despite many legal milestones, society has not realized complete inclusion of individuals whose sexual orientations do not conform to the mainstream, heterosexual majority. Non-heterosexual Canadians still experience negative repercussions of heterosexism in both social and institutional realms. This article discusses one important avenue of advocacy--gay-straight alliances--and takes the position that these alliances serve a dual role: education and social activism.
Descriptors: Homosexuality, Social Attitudes, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity, Advocacy, Activism, Consciousness Raising, Foreign Countries, Social Bias, Clubs, Educational Environment, Social Change, High School Students, School Safety, School Policy, Bullying
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada