Context', A Model For Action Around Issues Affecting Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Teachers and Students

Year: 2000


Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Context' is a non-profit community group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) teachers and youth workers which has been meeting in Melbourne, Victoria since 1996. The aim of 'Context' is to contribute to the work of improving the experiences of GLBT teachers, youth workers and young people in youth sector settings. This session will report on the work of 'Context'. The activities to be discussed include: a report on research work in progress. 'Context' is currently investigating contemporary workplace experiences of GLBT teachers and youth workers. Current GLBT teachers and youth work practitioners are submitting their stories for an edited collection. The book of stories aims to identify factors which constrain work practice and the strategies GLBT teachers and youth workers employ to address issues they encounter in the workplace. We will present some of the initial results from the research to date * a presentation on projects 'Context' has implemented to address particular issues experienced by GLBT people in youth sector settings. We will report on a conference 'Context' hosted during 1998 (please see: Crowhurst, M. & M. Emslie (compilers) 'Young People and Sexualities: Experiences, Perspectives and Service Provision: Papers from a Community Conference Exploring Issues Affecting Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Young People', Youth Research Centre, University of Melbourne, Melbourne). We will also discuss strategies 'Context' has utilised to improve collaborative links between schools and youth services for the benefit of GLBT people in youth sector settings.