Title

Learning Lessons from School: Homophobia, Heterosexism, and the Construction of Failure

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-1998

Abstract

Gay and lesbian youth drop out of school in disproportionate numbers. In tracing the school experiences of a young lesbian, this manuscript explores how heterosexism and homophobia contribute to the construction of a school “failure.” It makes the point that what is construed as a “private problem,” i.e., one young lesbian dropping out of school, is in reality a socially constructed issue that needs to be addressed on a level beyond that of the individual.

DOI

10.1300/J041v07n04_04

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