Queer Reading for the Classroom: The Portrayal of Gay Male Characters in Young Adult Fiction 1969 - 2007
There are an increasing number of novels for young adults with homosexual characters and/or themes. This study seeks to examine the portrayal of gay male characters in these novels for young adults, to explore how the portrayal of these characters has changed over time and if so, how this coincides with changes in societal attitudes towards homosexuality. These novels have the potential to combat homophobia and heterosexist attitudes in schools, when incorporated into the curriculum, enhancing a whole school approach to promoting a positive sexuality. Schools are places where many of societies values are taught and reinforced. The presumption of heterosexuality is very much encoded into the fabric of western society and is reinforced and validated in schools.
Keywords: Sexuality, Youth, Australia
Ph D Student/ teacher, University of Sydney