Exposing Hidden Homophobia

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By Learning for Justice

Sarah Arnold was in a bind.

On the surface, the students in her 11th-grade English courses seemed to have their act together. Like so many people their age, Arnold’s students saw open homophobia as uncool.

On the other hand, when Arnold listened to her students talking before the bell, she often heard an anti-gay undertone that disturbed her. Students might utter the phrase “that’s so gay,” or crack jokes about anything that defied gender stereotypes. And Arnold had to wonder why so few gay people in Elkhorn, Wis. were out of the closet.

“Some people

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