Title

Challenging the sounds of silence: Gay-straight alliances and implications for school change.

SelectedWorks Author Profiles:

Tiffany Chenneville

Document Type

Presentation

Publication Date

2009

Abstract

Through the voices of students, teachers, and administrators, this paper explores the efficacy of one increasingly familiar safe school intervention Gay-Straight Alliances (GSA). Data from a qualitative research study that examined (a) the relationship between membership in a GSA and student functioning across various domains, and (b) GSA activities and school change efforts, highlights the ways in which safe school efforts and practices both facilitate and hinder systemic school change efforts. The paper emphasizes that systemic change efforts are greatly impeded by the imposition of boundaries on GSA activities that hinder their efforts to engage the wider school community in substantive discussions about the heteronormative organizational and interactional structures of school environments that continue to stigmatize sexual minority youth.

Language

en_US

Publisher

American Educational Research Association

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

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