Under the Rainbow is a primer on the social and political history and the everyday practices and processes of living queer lives in Canada. Framed through a life-course perspective, this book provides an overview of the historical and contemporary issues in the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and/or queer folk. The chapters in this text highlight the contributions of academics and community groups as well as individuals working on queer issues in Canada and focus primarily on contemporary Canadian material, introducing readers to topics such as law, history, health, education, youth, older persons, end of life decisions, social constructions of sexual identities, sports, transgender issues and issues experienced by lesbians and gay men living in Quebec.
About the Contributors • Under the Rainbow: A Primer on Queer Issues in Canada • A Social History of Lesbians and Gay Men • The Quest for Queer Quebec: GLBTQ Studies in Montreal (Ross Higgins) • Legal and Political Aspects of Being Queer in Canada • Social Constructions of Sexual Identities • Transgender Issues • Queerly Familiar: Exploring the Practices and Processes of GLBTQ Families • Queering the Life-Course: Lesbian and Gay Youth • The Role of Education in Teaching for Diversity (Valda Leighteizer) • The Elephant in the Locker Room: Homophobia and Sexualized Normativity in Canadian Sport (Dayna B. Daniels & Judy Davidson) • Health and Well-Being in the Rainbow Community • Queering the Life-Course: The Special Needs of Older Lesbians and Gay Men • Queering the Life-Course: End-of-Life Decisions of Lesbians and Gay Men • References • Index
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Jeanette A. Auger is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Acadia University in Nova Scotia. She has been teaching for twenty-six years and has worked with older persons for the past thirty as a researcher, community organizer and developer, and social planner. She is the author of Social Prespectives on Death and Dying published in the Spring of 2000 and co-author of From the Inside Looking Out (2002).
Kate Krug is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Cape Breton University.