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In a Queer Voice: Journeys of Resilience from Adolescence to Adulthoodby Michael Sadowski
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"A careful investigation into the lives of several GLBT young people, exploring how they overcame obstacles to find their voice. Sadowski, a professor of education at Bard College and former high school teacher, presents case studies based on personal interviews with out GLBT youths. The first interviews document their experiences in middle and high school, looking at the ways in which they were discouraged from exploring and accepting their sexual orientation or gender expression, whether from a hostile, homophobic school environment, nonsupportive family members, or both. The next interviews, conducted years later, explore the avenues they discovered that allowed them to become comfortable with themselves, from changing to an accepting, tolerant school to moving to a more urban environment for college. While the subjects come from different backgrounds and walks of life, their experiences are equally compelling: the transgender woman who began transitioning after high school but had to stop after health problems made it dangerous; the young woman who endured physical, emotional, and sexual abuse from her own father, who now works toward a doctorate in divinity school; the hearing-impaired young man dealing with discrimination within the GLBT community. An important contribution to the argument for a more nurturing environment for young GLBT people." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Adolescence is a difficult time, but it can be particularly stressful for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer-identifying youth. In order to avoid harassment and rejection, many LGBTQ teens hide their identities from their families, peers, and even themselves.
Educator Michael Sadowski deftly brings the voices of LGBTQ youth out into the open in his poignant and important book, In a Queer Voice. Drawing on two waves of interviews conducted six years apart, Sadowski chronicles how queer youth, who were often “silenced” in school and elsewhere, now can approach adulthood with a strong, queer voice.
In a Queer Voice continues the critical conversation about LGBTQ youth issues—from bullying and suicide to other risks involving drug and alcohol abuse—by focusing on the factors that help young people develop positive, self-affirming identities. Using the participants’ heartfelt, impassioned voices, we hear what schools, families, and communities can do to help LGBTQ youth become resilient, confident adults.
About the Author
Michael Sadowski is an Assistant Professor in the Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching Program, based in New York City and Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. He is also the editor of Adolescents at School: Perspectives on Youth, Identity, and Education. A former high school teacher, he was also an instructor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, editor of the Harvard Education Letter, and vice-chair of the Massachusetts Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth.
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