In a Queer Voice

Journeys of Resilience from Adolescence to Adulthood

Michael Sadowski
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Publication: Jan 13

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210 pages
6 x 9
1 tables

In-depth interviews over six years show us how LGBTQ youth survive adolescence, thrive as adults, and find a voice that is uniquely their own.


Adolescence is a difficult time, but it can be particularly stressful for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer-identifying youth. In order to avoid harassment and rejection, many LGBTQ teens hide their identities from their families, peers, and even themselves.

Educator Michael Sadowski deftly brings the voices of LGBTQ youth out into the open in his poignant and important book, In a Queer Voice. Drawing on two waves of interviews conducted six years apart, Sadowski chronicles how queer youth, who were often "silenced" in school and elsewhere, now can approach adulthood with a strong, queer voice.

In a Queer Voice continues the critical conversation about LGBTQ youth issues—from bullying and suicide to other risks involving drug and alcohol abuse—by focusing on the factors that help young people develop positive, self-affirming identities. Using the participants' heartfelt, impassioned voices, we hear what schools, families, and communities can do to help LGBTQ youth become resilient, confident adults.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Carol Gilligan
Introduction: The Importance of Being Heard
1. David: The Slow Build of a Voice of Resistance
2. Lindsey: Learning a New Language
3. Ruth: A Person to Trust and a Place to Belong
4. Travis: Twenty-First-Century Everyman
5. Jordan: Across the Gender Border—and Back Again
6. Eddie: Coming Out and Embracing the World
7. The Quest for “One Good Relationship”: Connections and Disconnections in Adolescence
8. Foundations of Queer Voice: Silence and Support in Schools, Communities, Families, and Society
Note on the Listening Guide Method
Online Resources for Supporting Queer Youth Voice

About the Author(s)

Michael Sadowski is an Assistant Professor in the Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching Program, based in New York City and Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. He is also the editor of Adolescents at School: Perspectives on Youth, Identity, and Education. A former high school teacher, he was an instructor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, editor of the Harvard Education Letter, and vice-chair of the Massachusetts Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth.