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In this thesis I examine the usefulness of liberalism as a political theory to address the injustice, repression and inequality currently facing queer youth in the United States. The FAIR Education Act, a 2011 California law mandating positive representation of LGBT historical figures and issues into public school curriculums, provides the lens for my analysis of liberalism. I conclude that looking at this law from multiple liberal perspectives reveals the limitations of the theory in its ability to address the issues facing queer youth. These limitations include a misguided attempt at neutrality in education, a disproportionate focus on religious freedom, the normalizing or homogenizing forces of a majority-rule system, and an insistence on the separation of public and private matters. However, I also suggest that some aspects of liberalism could be particularly productive for the project of making public schools a source of justice for young queers by “queering” liberalism itself.
Liberalism -- Political aspects, California Education Code -- FAIR Education Act -- LGBT Historic Bill, California Legislature -- Senate -- SB48, LGBT icons -- Historic figures, Public Schools -- California, John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) -- Philosophy, Whitman College 2014 -- Dissertation collection -- Politics Department
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Johnson, Claire Elizabeth, "Queer youth in a liberal society: the FAIR Education Act and beyond" (2014). Honors Theses. 213.
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