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


This chapter explores “religiosity” as a critical concept for advancing the dialogue about queer studies and education for the twenty-first century. Religiosity, or an inappropriate devotion to the rituals and traditions of a religion, is particularly problematic for sexual and gender minorities in publicly funded faith-based schools where homophobic and transphobic doctrines of the faith are more commonly enforced than other doctrines. The plight of sexual and gender minority groups in Canadian faith-based schools is a neglected research topic due to Canadians’ deep respect for the fundamental freedom of religion and a corresponding prevailing belief that religiously inspired discriminatory practices occurring in publicly funded schools are a normal part of religious freedom that should continue to go unchallenged. The author calls upon anti-oppression education researchers to overcome their reluctance to include religious schools in their research.


Sexual Minority Catholic School Religious Freedom Gender Nonconformity Fundamental Freedom 
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  1. 1.The University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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