Gay-Straight Alliances and Associations among Youth in Schools

  • Cris Mayo

Part of the Queer Studies and Education book series (QSTED)

About this book


This book examines the formation of Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs)—formal and informal—in public schools. These associations provide us with a way to think about intersectionality and tense encounters as spaces of possibility for new kinds of action, new kinds of learning, and newly emergent subjectivities. While such groups are not without problems, they enable a consideration of desire for connection across sexualities, genders, races, and knowledge. By examining subjectivity as a process of negotiation across and within differences in a particular institutional context, the traces of exclusions and gaps in these processes of identification become evident.  New formations bear the imprint of exclusions that precede them but also work to fracture divisions, to push at intersections among subject positions, and explore desires for connection and change.


LGBTQ youth queer theory LGBT youth organizations gender theory intersectionality

Authors and affiliations

  • Cris Mayo
    • 1
  1. 1.Women’s and Gender StudiesWest Virginia University MorgantownUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-59528-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-59529-4
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