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The Safe Schools Program and Young People's Sexed and Gendered Geographies

Journal Article


Abstract


  • This essay examines the recent controversy surrounding ┬┐Safe Schools', a federally-funded education program designed to reduce anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) bullying in Australian schools. Although LGBTI students are known to experience homophobic, biphobic and transphobic verbal and physical abuse at school, opponents of Safe Schools have argued that the Program is both unnecessary and potentially harmful. In the essay, we argue that geographers have valuable contributions to make to this debate, particularly by revealing the ways in which sexuality and gender shape young people's experiences of school spaces.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • McKinnon, S., Waitt, G. & Gorman-Murray, A. (2017). The Safe Schools Program and Young People's Sexed and Gendered Geographies. Australian Geographer, 48 (2), 145-152.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84994139863

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3030

Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 145

End Page


  • 152

Volume


  • 48

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • This essay examines the recent controversy surrounding ┬┐Safe Schools', a federally-funded education program designed to reduce anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) bullying in Australian schools. Although LGBTI students are known to experience homophobic, biphobic and transphobic verbal and physical abuse at school, opponents of Safe Schools have argued that the Program is both unnecessary and potentially harmful. In the essay, we argue that geographers have valuable contributions to make to this debate, particularly by revealing the ways in which sexuality and gender shape young people's experiences of school spaces.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • McKinnon, S., Waitt, G. & Gorman-Murray, A. (2017). The Safe Schools Program and Young People's Sexed and Gendered Geographies. Australian Geographer, 48 (2), 145-152.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84994139863

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3030

Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 145

End Page


  • 152

Volume


  • 48

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Australia