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ERIC Number: EJ1112052
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
More than a Safe Space
Sadowski, Michael
Educational Leadership, v74 n1 p33-36 Sep 2016
Over the past three decades, much of the conversation about LGBTQ students in schools has centered on safety--anti-bullying policies, the "safe space" of gay-straight alliances, and "safe zones" marked by rainbow-colored stickers on classroom doors. In this article, Michael Sadowski argues that it's time to move beyond safety and to provide these students with an environment in which to thrive. He provides case studies of three schools that have taken their support for LGBTQ youth to the next level, including a Massachusetts high school that offers an LGBTQ literature course, a Georgia high school that provides LGBTQ counseling, and a New York middle school that has created an LGBTQ-inclusive culture. Sadowski asks, "Is safety the only thing that LGBTQ students are entitled to, or can we do better?" Through these examples, he shows that schools certainly can give these students both a safe place and a voice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Middle Schools; Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia; Massachusetts; New York
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