I wrote this paper last semester, and I’ve been planning to illustrate it, maybe expand it, and put it out as a zine. If I don’t do that, I may just include it in otherXcore #3.
Many school personnel are undertrained in dealing with LGBTQ issues and 72% of teachers-in-training who were surveyed were found to hold negative views regarding LGBTQ youth (Graybill). Interviews suggest that many counselors have trouble discussing things like gay and lesbian relationships because “rarely will a straight male go to a male teacher who takes the position of being an adviser to discuss his girlfriend” (Graybill, Varjas, Meyers, & Watson); in other words, some advisers are unused to dealing with even heterosexual relationships directly, so the idea of confronting homosexual relationship issues is even more daunting and uncomfortable. Another issue regarding counseling is that many counselors neglect to address issues not related to academics; that is, many school counselors focus more time and effort on helping students further their academic careers than on their social needs and concerns (van Wormer & McKinney, 2003).