Gay-Friendly High Schools

Mark McCormack

in The Declining Significance of Homophobia

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199778249
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933051 | DOI:

Series: Sexuality, Identity, and Society

Gay-Friendly High Schools

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This chapter discusses the implications of the findings from The Declining Significance of Homophobia. Highlighting the originality and importance of these findings, this chapter links the findings with other research that documents decreasing homophobia in the Western world. Arguing that the findings are the result of cultural changes and not institutional activities, the chapter nonetheless maintains that pro-gay initiatives are vital for schools to achieve full equality for all their students. This chapter also examines the continued importance of sexual identity, the necessity to challenge a victimization framework of gay youth and focus on heteronormativity and it highlights the heuristic utility of inclusive masculinity theory for understanding contemporary male youth cultures.

Keywords: homophobia; declining significance; heteronormativity; discussion; society

Chapter.  8429 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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