Don't Be So Gay!

Queers, Bullying, and Making Schools Safe

Donn Short

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  • Published: 2013. Paperback 2014
  • Subject Listing: History
  • Bibliographic information: 256 pp., 9 illus., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

Recent cases of teen suicide linked with homophobic bullying have thrust the issue of school safety into the national spotlight. In "Don't Be So Gay!" Queers, Bullying, and Making Schools Safe, Donn Short considers the effectiveness of safe-school legislation. Drawing on interviews with queer youth and their allies in the Toronto area, Short concludes that current legislation is more responsive than proactive.
Donn Short is an assistant professor of law at RobsonHall Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba and the foundingeditor of the Canadian Journal of Human Rights.

"Donn Short's interviews brilliantly capture the worlds of some extraordinary out high school students. His analysis sheds a bright light on the gulf between the lived worlds of these young people and the policies- no matter how well conceived- of school administrators. Don't Be So Gay! is an enlightening and important study."
-Don Cochrane, Professor Emeritus, University of Saskatchewan

"In 'Don't Be So Gay! 'Donn Short consults with the foremost experts on safety for queer kids in schools- queer youth themselves. Heteronormativity is an immediate threat and Short highlights ways that educators and lawmakers can mitigate it. It's not enough to tell bullied kids that it will get better sometime down the road- this book shows how changing cultures of heteronormativity can make it better, now. Don't Be So Gay! ' is a must-read for all educators, administrators, and those who aspire to be teachers."
-Gerald Walton, Faculty of Education, Lakehead University

Participants: Schools, Students, and Teachers

1 Introduction: Navigating Safe and Equitable Schools

2 Safe Schools: The Struggle for Control and the Quest for Social

3 How Schools Conceptualize Safety: Control, Security, Equity,

Social Justice

4 Not Keeping a Straight Face: Heteronormativity and the Hidden


5 Obstacles to the Implementation of Equity Policies

6 The Long Arm of the Law? Mapping (Other) Normative Orders in

Youth Culture

7 Barriers to the Effectiveness of State Law

8 Conclusion