Safe Spaces: Making Schools and Communities Welcoming to LGBT Youth is the first book to offer a comprehensive view of the complex lives of LGBT youth of all ages, from kindergarten through college. Drawing on a wealth of research collected from first-person accounts of students, family, educators, and community members, the authors not only chronicle the struggles of LGBT youth but also describe models of inclusive school and community environments.
The authors address the breadth of experiences of LGBT youth—in and out of the classroom, at home and in the community, and in personal interactions with allies and antagonists. They also reveal how these young people, their friends and families, teachers, and dedicated allies stem the tide of LGBT exclusion. Most important, Safe Spaces offers action steps for readers who want to make their own homes, schools, and communities safe and welcoming spaces for LGBT youth.
- More than 80 real-life narratives, drawn from the stories of 100 people, including students, family members, educators, and community leaders
- A "Queerossary" of dozens of key terms, including multiple definitions for terms with specific meanings within the LGBT community
- A bibliography of academic, policy, and news materials related to LGBT issues
- More than 50 action steps readers can use to create safe spaces for LGBT youth
- Reflection Points provide questions and statements that offer readers an opportunity to reflect upon the ways a particular topic or issue relates to their lives
- An appendix listing LGBT resources