Homophobia in the Hallways

Heterosexism and Transphobia in Canadian Catholic Schools

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Tonya D. Callaghan
  • Toronto, ON: 
    University of Toronto Press
    , March
     2018.
     264 pages.
     $27.95.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9781487522674.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Kirsten Nielsen Donnelly forthcoming.

Description

Section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms ensures equality regarding sexual orientation and gender identity in Canada. Despite this, gay, lesbian, and gender-nonconforming teachers in publicly-funded Catholic schools in Ontario and Alberta are being fired for living lives that Church leaders claim run contrary to Catholic doctrine about non-heterosexuality. Meanwhile, requests from students to establish Gay/Straight Alliances are often denied. 

In Homophobia in the Hallways, Tonya D. Callaghan interrogates institutionalized homophobia and transphobia in the publicly-funded Catholic school systems of Ontario and Alberta. Featuring twenty interviews with students and teachers who have faced overt discrimination in Catholic schools, the book blends theoretical inquiry and real-world case study, making Callaghan’s study a unique insight into religiously-inspired heterosexism and genderism. She uncovers the causes and effects of the long-standing disconnect between Canadian Catholic schools and the Charter by comparing the treatment of and attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer teachers and students in these publicly-funded systems.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Tonya D. Callaghan is Associate Professor in the Werkland School of Education at the University of Calgary.

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