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  1. Conversations in equity and social justice: constructing safe schools for queer youth

    The paper is a critique of discourse focused on at-risk behaviour and homophobic bullying. The paper argues that conversations around homophobic bullying must include discussions of doing equity and achieving social justice, in which the ultimate goal of constructing safe schools is achieved through the utter transformation of school culture. Failure to do anything less continues to license homophobia and makes predictable and inevitable violence against queer youth. …

  2. Adolescent sexual health and the dynamics of oppression: a call for cultural competency

    This paper encourages programme planners to understand the impact of prejudice and discrimination on vulnerable adolescents, to assess the needs and assets of young participants in prevention programmes, and to emphasize youth empowerment and cultural competency when developing interventions for their communities.

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