Trending Topic Research File: LGBTQ+
Trending Topic Research File: LGBTQ+

Recent legal, social, and policy shifts in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people are causing educators and education researchers to address LGBTQ issues with a new sense of legitimacy and urgency. In recent years, AERA’s journals have examined many aspects of LGBTQ+ education.

The following compendium of open-access articles includes AERA journal content on bullying and school safety published since 1999. This page will be updated as new articles are published.

AERA Journal Articles

Note: Articles are listed below in reverse chronological order of publication. Click here for the list by author's last name.

Sexual Orientation and School Discipline: New Evidence From a Population-Based Sample
Educational Researcher, January 2018
The study author found that sexual minorities continue to face high rates of discipline than their peers. 
Author: Joel Mittleman

Gay-Straight Alliances as Settings for Youth Inclusion and Development: Future Conceptual and Methodological Directions for Research on These and Other Student Groups in Schools
Educational Researcher, December 2017
This special issue of Educational Researcher focuses on pressing issues for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, student-led roups known as Gay-Straight Alliances, classification bias, and intersectionality. 
Authors: V. Paul Poteat, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Jerel P. Calzo, Stephen T. Russell, Stacey Horn

Editors' Introduction: Introducing a Methodological Research Collection on Pressing Issues for LGBTQ Students
Educational Researcher, December 2017
This special issue of Educational Researcher focuses on pressing issues for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, student-led roups known as Gay-Straight Alliances, classification bias, and intersectionality. 
Authors: Joseph R. Cimpian, Carolyn D. Herrington

A Ratchet Lens: Black Queer Youth, Agency, Hip Hop, and the Black Ratchet Imagination
Educational Researcher, December 2017
This study expolores the utilization of the theory of a Black ratchet imagination as a methodological perspective to examine the multiple intersectiosn of Black and queer identity constructions within the space of hip hop.
Author: Bettina L. Love

Queer and Trans Youth, Relational Subjectivity, and Uncertain Possibilities: Challenging Research in Complicated Contexts
Educational Researcher, December 2017
Study author addresses complication to how different disciplines define, study, and theorize sexuality, gender, gender identity, and other intersecting categories of subjectivity, like age, race, class, ethnicity, and so on. 
Author: Cris Mayo

Coming Out and Leaving Home: A Policy and Research Agenda for LGBT Homeless Students
Educational Researcher, December 2017
Study authors examine the literature on LGBT and homeless students and explore the intersection of these communities. 
Authors: William G. Tierney, James Dean Ward

Greater Engagement Among Members of Gat-Straight Alliances: Individual and Structural Contributors
American Educational Research Journal, October 2013
Study authors identified individual and structural predictors of greater engagement in Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) settings with a cross-sectional sample of 295 youth in 33 GSAs from the 2014 Massachusetts GSA Network Survey. 
Authors: V. Paul Poteat, Nicholas C. Heck, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Jerel P. Calzo

Critical Pedagogy Enactedin the Gay-Straight Alliance: New Possibilities for a Third Space in Teacher Development
Educational Researcher, June 2013
The author concludes that pedagogical practices play a key role in creaing a long-term Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), where engaged student learning combined with activism promote a "third space" in teacher development.
Author: J.B. Mayo, Jr.

Bullying Explains Only Part of LGBTQ-Heterosexual Risk Disparities: Implications for Policy and Practice
Educational Researcher, November 2012
The extent to which LGBTQ youths’ higher rates of victimization can explain these youths’ greater rates of suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, and unexcused absences from school is explored in this article, with the authors finding that policies aimed at simply reducing bullying may not be effective.
Authors: Joseph P. Robinson, Dorothy L. Espelage

GLBT Teachers: The Evolving Legal Protections
American Educational Research Journal, May 2008
This article analyzes all litigation pertaining to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) public school educators and antidiscrimination statutory provisions in all 50 states to contribute to an understanding of the role that legal requirements play in protecting GLBT public employees.
Authors: Suzanne E. Eckes, Martha M. McCarthy

Chapter 3 Queering Foundations: Queer and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Educational Research
Review of Research in Education, March 2007
This chapter will first briefly examine general trends and shifts in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and queer educational research in the past two decades, then will turn to a discussion of the place of coming out in LGBT and queer research in educational foundations.
Authors: Cris Mayo

(Homo)sexualities, Organizations, and Administration: Possibilities for In(queer)y
Educational Researcher, June 1999
This paper considers the possibilities for research with lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender school administrators and for the broader study of queerness in schools as organizations.
Authors: Colleen Capper

By Author

Calzo, Jerel P. -

Capper, Colleen -

Cimpian, Jospeh R. -

Eckes, Suzanne E. - no email available

Espelage, Dorothy L. -

Heck, Nicholas C. - 

Herrington, Carolyn D. -

Horne, Stacey -

Love, Bettina L.

Mayo, Cris -

Mayo Jr., J.B. -

McCarthy, Martha M. - no email available

Mittleman, Joel. -

Poteat, Paul

Robinson, Joseph P. -

Russell, Stephen

Tierney, William

Ward, James 

Yoshikawa, Hirokazu. -


Brief 3: Bullying and Peer Victimization Among Vulnerable Populations
Research on bullying dynamics shows that bullying is often aimed at specific groups. Findings from three groups have become prominent in the research literature: children with disabilities, African American youth, and LGBTQ youth.
Prevention of Bullying in Schools, Colleges and Universities, 2013



AERA Capitol Hill Briefing

In 2015, AERA held a Capitol Hill briefing focused on areas addressed in the AERA report, LGBTQ Issues in Education: Advancing a Research Agenda. Click here for briefing webcast, presentation slides, fact sheets, and more information on the AERA report.  


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