Embracing Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Youth in School-Based Settings

Abstract

Youth with invisible challenges constitute a special area of concern for child and youth care workers. Youth struggling with gender and sexual orientation are reported to comprise ten percent of our youth population yet they may often be unknown to teachers and other school personnel. These adolescents face unique challenges in developing their identity and gaining social acceptance. This paper explores the challenges faced by these youth, the consequences of underserving this population and proposes some strategies for improving their educational experience.

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Little, J.N. Embracing Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Youth in School-Based Settings. Child & Youth Care Forum 30, 99–110 (2001). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1011681218718

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  • gay/lesbian
  • bisexual
  • transgender
  • gender orientation
  • sexual orientation
  • youth
  • schools