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A Vigil for Joe Rose: Stories of Being Out in High School Paperback – October 10, 2008
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MICHAEL WHATLING grew up outside of Montreal, Canada. For a time he escaped and lived in London, Paris, and Tokyo. He holds a Ph.D. in education, and has taught at the elementary, secondary, and university levels. His writing includes short stories, novels, and screenplays. He now lives in the town where he grew up, tormented by intolerance, the need to write, and wild rabbits in his yard.
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as certain "administrators" and other educators see what is like for glbtq teens to come out in school. Then maybe certain "administrators" will do more to make their school culture safe for glbtq youth and teachers as well as all youth.
Each student's story is different, but with many of the same situations. Some schools and classmates were more accepting than others. Some parents and family members were as well. Each student reacted in a fashion dictated by their own fears and conscience.
Through these stories Mr. Whatling shows the reality of "accepting" schools and friends. It is his hope that school administrators and teachers all over North America read and understand his point of view - that our schools, even "accepting" schools, are doing their LGBT students a disservice.
From my perspective - recognizing that I am neither a high school student nor gay - this is an important work. I feel that I hear the student's voices. They ask only for acceptance and respect for who they are.
This is an excellent book. It should be in every school and municipal library, accessible to parents, students, and their teachers and administrators.
How much did I like it? My wife and I purchased it for our local PFLAG Chapter, even though we have my review copy at home. Highly recommended.