Jason Cianciotto and Sean Cahill, experts on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender public policy advocacy, combine an accessible review of social science research with analyses of school practices and local, state, and federal laws that affect LGBT students. In addition, portraits of LGBT youth and their experiences with discrimination at school bring human faces to the issues the authors discuss.
This is an essential guide for teachers, school administrators, guidance counselors, and social workers interacting with students on a daily basis; school board members and officials determining school policy; nonprofit advocates and providers of social services to youth; and academic scholars, graduate students, and researchers training the next generation of school administrators and informing future policy and practice.
"LGBT Youth in America's Schools should jolt the conscience and imagination of every educational policymaker, school leader, teacher-educator, and teacher in the nation. It clearly outlines the risks faced by sexual minority students, cogently summarizes decades of research, and provides a compelling road map for both reform and further study. Read it and act!"
—Arthur Lipkin, Chair, Massachusetts Commission on GLBT Youth
"This study is the first systematic, research-based review that brings together a huge literature on the status of LGBT youth in U.S. schools. This contribution marks a milestone in the literature and represents an enormous amount of research, methodology, and policy review."
—Gilbert Herdt, San Francisco State University
"An excellent contribution to serious discussion of the issues of LGBT youth in schools. The authors have done a service in putting this together."
—Charlotte J. Patterson, University of Virginia