ERIC Number: EJ1176905
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Sex and Gender in Transition in US Schools: Ways Forward
Miller, S. J.; Mayo, Cris; Lugg, Catherine A.
Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, v18 n4 p345-359 2018
This paper examines the current state of law and policy in relation to US transgender youth and their lived experiences. We approach this from different disciplinary backgrounds, identities, and ways of writing terms related to gender identity. We begin with an examination of the current legal climate in the USA and explore how students have pushed back against gender and sexuality norms even in a restrictive climate. Some transformations are already happening in public schools and some backlash, too, is being felt. Laws and policies in some locations are encouraging students, teachers, school leaders and community members to collaborate in making schools more educationally concerned about trans student success and teaching the school community about gender diversity. In shifting among scales and experiences of youth thinking and working on gender, we aim to emphasise youth agency and outline young people's frustrations at the obstacles related to trans, gender dissidence and sexuality. In conclusion, we point to changes that can be made in schools to help professionals understand how policy and curricular innovation can bolster the openings that trans, gender creative and gender non-binary youth are already creating, whether or not those opportunities are officially recognised.
Descriptors: Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity, Gender Issues, Public Policy, Social Bias, Public Schools, Educational Policy, Student Diversity, Barriers, Political Issues, Presidents, Educational Environment, Citizenship Education, Homosexuality, Student Needs, Consciousness Raising, Identification (Psychology), Activism, Literacy
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