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Title

What schools can do to help gay/lesbian/bisexual youth: A harm reduction approach

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Adolescence

Volume

38

Issue

151

First Page

409

Last Page

420

Abstract

In recognition of the fact that heterosexism is one of the most significant realities of adolescents' day-to-day experiences in school, this paper examines the school environment in terms of disempowering and empowering aspects. It is argued that failure to take a proactive stance to help youth with gender identity issues is a major cause of psychological problems, leading in some cases to suicide, alcohol and other drug abuse, and homelessness.

Original Publication Date

9-1-2003

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