Queering High School: An Ethnodramatic Inqueery on Youth Experiences of Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic Harassment and Bullying

  • Author / Creator
    Tomczyk, Patrick
  • “Queering High School,” was a queer ethnodrama on the lived experience of LGBTQ youth in Alberta high schools that explored their experiences of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. This ethnodrama, conducted through a queer lens, which I refer to as an ethnodramatic inqueery, was grounded in arts-based research, queer theory as an augmentation of critical pedagogy, and ethnography and theatre. The aim was to produce an authentic performance of lived experiences to a live audience. This is a medium wherein participants become co-researchers, and the data from ethnographic interviews is transformed into a script, which is then performed to an audience. The intention of this type of social justice research is that participants become empowered to share their struggles, and thereby raise a queer
    conscientization to the larger LGBTQ and school communities.
    My primary research question was: What are the lived experiences of LGBTQ youth in Alberta High Schools related to homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic harassment and
    bullying? And the secondary question was: How can queer ethnodrama serve as an effective tool to create more inclusive schools? The data that was uncovered through this study demonstrated that heteronormativity and cisnormativity perpetuate systems of oppression, as they are woven into school culture and the hidden curriculum. Heteronormativity and cisnormativity operate through manifestations of homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic bullying and harassment, which have detrimental effects for LGBTQ youth. This study advocates that ethnodramatic inqueery can be utilized as an empowering
    pedagogy that gives agency to sexual and gender minority youth and that it can be employed to raise queer issues for the wider queer community that may not have been recognized through
    other forms of traditional research.

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    Fall 2020
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    Doctor of Philosophy
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