Beyond Bullying: Shifting the Discourse of LGBTQ Sexuality and Youth in the United States


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Ford Foundation

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The purpose of the project is to investigate and expand the terms of cultural recognition and social belonging surrounding LGBTQ sexuality and youth in U.S. schools. In collaboration with education, research, and strategic communications partners, we will simultaneously launch multiplatform, interactive storytelling installations and conduct ethnographic research in schools to uncover the contestation, challenges, and possibilities that arise when narratives of LGBTQ sexuality and youth expand to include ordinary experiences of family life, friendship, desire, disappointment, and aspiration. Using a group mentorship model, graduate students will receive training in narrative and ethnographic research and frameworks for studying the ways everyday life and institutions shape sexuality and human rights. Stories and research findings will be translated into print and web-based reports directed toward educators, advocates, and policymakers.