Get That Freak
|Author:||Rebecca Haskell and Brian Burtch|
Bullying in schools has garnered significant attention recently, but little has been said about the bullying of homosexuals and transexual students in high schools. This book fills that gap by exploring the experiences of youth who identify or are identified as "queer." Based on interviews with recent high school graduates in British Columbia, these researchers provide stories of physical, verbal, and emotional harassment in this group and offer insights into the negative outcomes that result from the experience of being bullied. On the other hand, however, these young people were not helpless victims: many learned to rely on resistance, inner strength, and true friends. Taking the lead from the youth, the authors make recommendations for challenging homophobic and transphobic bullying in high schools and for supporting students who experience this form of harassment. In this engaging and enlightening book, youth share their feelings of rage and hurt, joy and triumph, as they reminisce about the experience of being queer in high school.
Rebecca Haskell is a queer feminist and trans ally. She holds a master’s degree in criminology from Simon Fraser University. Brian Burtch is a professor of criminology and an associate member of the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University and an adjunct professor in the Department of Justice Studies at the University of Regina.