Show simple item record Fetner, Tina Elafros, Athena 2017-10-31T18:23:03Z 2017-10-31T18:23:03Z 2015
dc.identifier.citation Fetner, T., & Elafros, A. (2015). The GSA difference: LGBTQ and ally experiences in high schools with and without gay-straight alliances. Social Sciences, 4, 563-581. doi:10.3390/socsci4030563 en_US
dc.description Sherpa Romeo green journal: open access en_US
dc.description.abstract We examine the lived experiences of high-school students who participated in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ)-centered activism of some kind, highlighting the promise of gay-straight alliance groups by comparing the experiences of students at schools with gay-straight alliances (GSA schools) with the experiences of students at schools that did not have an LGBTQ-specific group (no-GSA schools). We compare students at GSA and no-GSA schools based on their experiences of harassment, experiences of support from authority figures, and patterns of friendships. We find that students at both types of schools experienced harassment and heard negative comments about lesbian and gay people. However, students at GSA schools reported more support from teachers and administrators than students at no-GSA schools, who have stories of teachers and administrators actively opposing equality for LGBTQ people. Students at GSA schools reported a wide variety of friendships across sexual identities, while students at no-GSA schools felt more isolated and withdrawn. This much-needed qualitative comparative analysis of students’ experiences brings a human face to the improved quality of life that schools with gay-straight alliances can bring to young people. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher MDPI en_US
dc.subject Youth en_US
dc.subject Gay-straight alliance en_US
dc.subject Education en_US
dc.subject LGBTQ en_US
dc.subject GSA en_US
dc.subject.lcsh High school students
dc.subject.lcsh Gay-straight alliances in schools
dc.subject.lcsh Sexual minorities
dc.subject.lcsh Homosexuality and education
dc.subject.lcsh Harassment in schools
dc.subject.lcsh Gay high school students
dc.subject.lcsh Lesbian high school students
dc.subject.lcsh Bisexual high school students
dc.subject.lcsh Transgender youth--Education
dc.title The GSA difference: LGBTQ and ally experiences in high schools with and without gay-straight alliances en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Sciences en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Sociology en_US
dc.description.peer-review Yes en_US
dc.publisher.institution McMaster University en_US
dc.publisher.institution University of Lethbridge en_US

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