Queer Reading for the English Classroom

By David Blair Rhodes.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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This paper is based on research conducted to explore how young adult literature with gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender/queer (GLBTQ) characters can be used in the English classroom to combat homophobia and heterosexism. Given the continuing struggle for equality for GLBTQ people, and the resounding silence that all too frequently surrounds sexual diversity in schools in Australia, this paper seeks to explore the desperate need for discourse about sexuality in schools, to promote open discussion in English classrooms about sexual diversity and to encourage inclusion. Young adult imaginative literature provides the opportunity for English teachers and teacher-librarians to discuss sexual diversity with their students. It also provides a way for students that may not have access to GLBTQ role models, to read about their own stories, to create an identity of their own and to find acceptance and an alternate possibility to an often heterosexist and homophobic reality.

Keywords: Queer, GLBTQ, Education, Sexual Diversity

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp.11-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 661.268KB).

Dr. David Blair Rhodes

Lecturer In Education, School of Education , Faculty of Education, Health and Science, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

David Rhodes has recently commenced as a Lecturer in Education at Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory. His research focus is on changing representations of masculinity and same-sex attraction in young adult fiction. He has submitted his PhD for examination. It explored representations of same-sex attracted male characters in young adult imaginative literature, completed through the Faculty of Education and Social Work at The University of Sydney.


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