Experiencing Religion and Sexual Diversity in Ontario’s Schools

  • Heather ShipleyEmail author
Part of the Boundaries of Religious Freedom: Regulating Religion in Diverse Societies book series (BOREFRRERE)


The relationship between religion and sexuality is frequently debated across many national contexts; often, when these two topics appear in public controversies, they are framed in opposition to one another. The ongoing disputes about these categories of identity is further heightened when the location of the controversy focuses on youth and education; concern about youthful sexuality frequently sees young people as vulnerable and in need of enhanced moral guidance. This chapter examines the way young people (high school students in Ontario, Canada) reflect on the experiences of religiosity and sexuality within their school. Public debates about young people’s experiences within educational spaces do not often integrate young people’s perspectives and reflections; this study aims to flesh out the ways youth perceive and experience these categories within their own schooling environments.


Religion Sexuality Gender Diversity Education Lived identities 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Classics and Religious StudiesUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada

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