LGBTQ youth activism and school: Challenging sexuality and gender norms

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dc.contributor.author McGlashan, Hayley en
dc.contributor.author Fitzpatrick, Katrina en
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-13T22:32:51Z en
dc.date.issued 2017-08-07 en
dc.identifier.citation Health Education 117(5):485-497 07 Aug 2017 en
dc.identifier.issn 0965-4283 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35641 en
dc.description.abstract Purpose Previous research examining the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) youth in schools suggests that schools are not inclusive places for non-heterosexual students. Some scholars, however, suggest that a continued focus on how these young people are marginalised is itself a problem, and that research should also focus on strengths and what is working. The purpose of this paper is to examine the activities of a group of LGBTQ students in one school in Auckland, New Zealand. Design/methodology/approach The study employed a critical ethnographic approach in a diverse co-educational, public high school in Auckland, New Zealand. The researcher spent 3-5 days per week at the school throughout three terms (32 weeks) of the 2016 school year and participated, observed and interviewed students and teachers. Post-structural theory was used to analyse the ethnographic materials. Findings The study found that LGBTQ students actively challenged the heteronorms of their school. They met regularly to discuss issues, support each other and to plan activist initiatives. These initiatives, in turn, impacted the environment of the school and made LGBTQ students more visible. This visibility, however, also created tensions as students grappled with their identities and the public space of school. Originality/value Despite a wealth of research in education on the exclusion of young people at the intersection of gender, sexuality and other identity positions, there is very little research that reports on school-wide health promotion initiatives that both engage young people as leaders and participants in their schools, and work towards creating safe and empowering spaces for LGBTQ youth. en
dc.publisher Emerald en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Health Education en
dc.rights Items in ResearchSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated. Previously published items are made available in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Details obtained from http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0965-4283/ en
dc.rights.uri https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/docs/uoa-docs/rights.htm en
dc.title LGBTQ youth activism and school: Challenging sexuality and gender norms en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1108/HE-10-2016-0053 en
pubs.issue 5 en
pubs.begin-page 485 en
pubs.volume 117 en
dc.description.version Pre-print en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Emerald en
pubs.end-page 497 en
pubs.publication-status Published en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/OpenAccess en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 634702 en
pubs.org-id Education and Social Work en
pubs.org-id Curriculum and Pedagogy en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2017-09-14 en


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