Homophobic Bullying in Catholic High Schools: Five US Studies in Heterosexism, Authority, Masculinity, and Religion

  • Michael J. Maher


In research conducted over the course of nearly a decade in the United States, Maher describes how the sources of homophobic bullying in Catholic secondary schools include gender conformity, a culture of masculinity, and rigid religious beliefs. Homophobic bullying is described through interviews with gay and lesbian Catholic school alumni. Catholic secondary school staff and administrators describe their efforts to change their schools’ environments. Surveys demonstrate the connections between religiosity, masculinity, and intolerance. Maher also shows how the religious nature of these schools can contribute both to bullying and to combating bullying, when shaped properly.


Focus Group Participant Catholic School Public High School Gender Conformity Derogatory Term 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Loyola University ChicagoChicagoUSA

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