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Isolation or Inclusion: Creating Safe Spaces for Lesbian and Gay Youth

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Isolation or Inclusion: Creating Safe Spaces for Lesbian and Gay Youth

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This article demonstrates the use of action research to bring youth and adults together to address homophobia in their community. Two community-based organizations led an action research project, using student surveys, peer-to-peer interviews, student artwork, and artifacts of homophobia in schools. The research found that 94% of the students surveyed hear anti-gay epithets ‘frequently’ or ‘sometimes’ in their schools; 86% of students say that anti-gay harassment is ‘rarely’ or ‘never’ confronted by school officials; and nearly 1 in 10 (9%) of students have been physically harassed based on their real or perceived sexual orientation. This project culminated in an intergenerational conference during which participants developed a network to provide ongoing education, advocacy, and youth development around the problem of school-based homophobia

Peters, A. (2003). Isolation or inclusion: creating safe spaces for lesbian and gay youth. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 84(3), 331-337.

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