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Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Am I Safe Here?

LGBTQ Teens and Bullying in Schools

“Am I safe here?” LGBTQ students ask this question every day within the school system. In this book, Donn Short treats students as the experts, asking them to shine a light on the marginalization and bullying faced by LGBTQ youth. They insightfully identify that safety comes from a culture that values equity and social justice, not just security cameras, and they envision a future in which LGBTQ youth are an expected, respected, and celebrated part of school life. Am I Safe Here? offers a path to creating equitable and inclusive schools, drawing on the spontaneous and timely words of LGBTQ students to show that nothing less than a total culture change is needed.

160 pages

Table of Contents


List of Participants


1 Changing the Culture

2 How Safe Is My School?

3 Homophobia, Heterosexism, and Heteronormativity

4 Rules to Live By, or How to Succeed in School without Really Changing Anything

5 What Now?


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