Get That Freak
Homophobia and Transphobia in High Schools
Bullying in schools has garnered significant attention recently, but despite this, little has been said about the occurrence of homophobic and transphobic bullying in Canadian high schools. Get That Freak fills that gap by exploring the experiences of bullying among youth who identify or are identified as queer. Through interviews with recent high school graduates in British Columbia, Haskell and Burtch share stories of physical, verbal and emotional harassment, and offer important insights into the negative outcomes that result from the experience of being bullied. Challenging the familiar image of these youth as helpless victims, this book also recognizes positive outcomes: moments of resistance, friendship and inner strength. Finally, the authors make recommendations for challenging homophobic and transphobic bullying in high schools and supporting students who experience this form of harassment.
Rebecca Haskell is a Queer feminist and trans ally. She holds a Masters degree in Criminology from Simon Fraser University.
Dr. Brian Burtch is a Professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University. He is also an associate member in the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at SFU, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Justice Studies at the University of Regina.