School's out : gay and lesbian teachers in the classroom
1. Pride and professionalism: the dilemmas of gay and lesbian teachers -- 2. "Like a fox guarding the henhouse": the history of LGBTs in the teaching profession -- 3. Splitters, knitters, and quitters: pathways to identity making -- 4. Dangerous disclosures: the legal, cultural, and embodied considerations of coming out -- 5. "A bizarre or flamboyant character": homonormativity in the classroom -- 6. Racialized discourses of homophobia: using race to predict and discredit discrimination -- 7. From gay-friendly to queer-friendly: new possibilities for schools.; "How do gay and lesbian teachers grapple with their professional and sexual identities at work, given that these identities are constructed as mutually exclusive, even indeed as mutually opposed? Using rich interview and ethnographic materials from Texas and California, School's out explores how teachers struggle to create a classroom persona that balances who they are and what's expected of them in a climate of pervasive homophobia. Catherine Connell takes readers into the private and professional lives of gay and lesbian educators, along the way developing the innovative concept of racialized homophobia, which thwarts challenges to sexual injustices in schools. She also uses her own experiences as one point of intersection with the ideas in this volume. Connell's exploration of the tension between the rhetoric of gay pride and the professional ethic of discretion insightfully connects and considers other complicating factors, from local law and politics to race and gender privilege. With a sense of ethnographic verve and an engaging authorial presence, School's out is essential reading for specialists and students of queer studies, gender studies, and educational politics."--Publisher.