Introduction: The Synergistic Potential of the Outreach Work and Activism of Queer Social Movements and Schools

Part of the Queer Studies and Education book series (QSTED)


This opening chapter introduces the educational outreach work done by queer social movements in schools. Queer social movements have been active in changing educational policies and legislation to prevent discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression as well as influencing schools through their general advocacy work, media campaigns, research projects, instructional material production, and cooperation with other nongovernmental organizations working with schools. The chapter underscores the hindrances, challenges, tensions, and contradictions implicit in connecting the outreach work of queer social movements with teaching, learning, and support in schools. It concludes by highlighting the need for schools and queer social movements to build alliances to address the gap in educational policies and addressing gender and sexuality diversity.


Queer social movements Gender and sexuality diversity Schools Homophobia Teaching and learning Advocacy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Social AnthropologyStellenbosch UniversityMatielandSouth Africa
  2. 2.Gender StudiesUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  3. 3.School of EducationUniversity of IcelandReykjavíkIceland

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