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ERIC Number: EJ844167
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1541-0889
Queering School Communities: Ethical Curiosity and Gay-Straight Alliances
Mayo, Cris
Journal of Gay & Lesbian Issues in Education, v1 n3 p23-36 2004
This essay analyzes the growth of associational identity and ethical community encouraged by Gay-Straight Alliances, using queer theory to analyze their ideas and practices. Following an analysis of the Equal Access Act, which has provided space and time to extracurricular public school groups, the author turns to accounts of students involved in GSAs. Examining how they describe shared querying of normative sexuality and curiosity at possible innovations, the author argues that these students are deeply aware of the associational element of identity and very aware of how to navigate the often crushing normalizing power experienced in schools. Without the space in which to examine their lives and relations, the curiosity binding these students has less opportunity to expand into ethical self- and community-formation. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A