School's Out (Paperback)

Gay and Lesbian Teachers in the Classroom

By Catherine Connell

University of California Press, 9780520278233, 272pp.

Publication Date: November 14, 2014

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How do gay and lesbian teachers negotiate their professional and sexual identities at work, given that these identities are constructed as mutually exclusive, even as mutually opposed? Using interviews and other ethnographic materials from Texas and California, School’s Out explores how teachers struggle to create a classroom persona that balances who they are and what’s expected of them in a climate of pervasive homophobia. Catherine Connell’s examination of the tension between the rhetoric of gay pride and the professional ethic of discretion insightfully connects and considers complicating factors, from local law and politics to gender privilege. She also describes how racialized discourses of homophobia thwart challenges to sexual injustices in schools. Written with ethnographic verve, School’s Out is essential reading for specialists and students of queer studies, gender studies, and educational politics.

About the Author

Catherine Connell is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston University.

Praise For School's Out: Gay and Lesbian Teachers in the Classroom

"A significant addition to the growing list of studies about LGBT issues in the nation’s classrooms."


"School's Out makes a valuable contribution to a growing field of research that is concerned with queer educators and their personal and professional lives and experiences. It is an accessible book that scholars of social justice, sexuality, and gender studies and their students should read . . . that should prompt us all to think about when, and for whom, it gets better."

— American Journal of Sociology

"School’s Out raises important questions about our schools and the profound challenges they create for LGBT teachers—and anyone else who is concerned about sexual justice."

— Women's Review of Books