A. Scott Henderson

A. Scott Henderson is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Education at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, USA. Over the past thirty years, he has taught a variety of courses pertaining to modern U.S. history, gender studies, and secondary education. He is the author of articles dealing with LGBTQ history and pedagogy, as well as books on the history of social policy in the U.S.

The Silencing of LGBTQ Voices in U.S. Public Schools

Public education serves many functions. Among other things, it can highlight past and present inequities, particularly those suffered by historically oppressed groups. By acknowledging these injustices, schools can play an active role in achieving broader civic goals—social justice, equality of opportunity, and political empowerment (Ballantine, Hammack, and Stuber 2017). Effecting these goals necessarily involves the …

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The Political Is Personal: Limitations to Coming Out as a Social Justice Strategy 

To believe that greater visibility on the part of LGBTQ individuals—however courageous their actions might be—will lead inevitably to greater enlightenment or tolerance in these regions/countries is a form of magical thinking.     On the weekend of February 27, 1988, nearly 200 gay and lesbian activists met in Warrenton, Virginia, a small town 50 …

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