This project seeks to explore the reality of LGBT youth in American public schools. It - first argues that their needs are not being addressed by schools, largely because of the influence of conservative Christian theology and sexual ethics in America. Later chapters, however, argue that schools actually have an obligation to meet the needs of these sexual minority students. The reasoning for this proposal is based on embodied theology, a gay-neutral interpretation of the first amendment, and feminist ethics. This project also serves to specifically explain the needs of LGBT students and proposes the school counselor-student relationship has great potential to help these students. This relationship is one way in which schools can meet their obligation. The last portion of the project is a field work analysis. Interviews of seven school counselors from two high schools in the Wayne County, Ohio area are used to determine if these counselors are meeting LGBT needs in their schools. The interviews reveal that LGBT needs are not being addressed. This study concludes by reiterating the importance of meeting LGBT needs. Evidence shows that these students face significant challenges during their adolescent development; there are no valid theological, ethical, or legal arguments that justify ignoring the needs of sexual minority students.


Kammer, III, Charles L.


Religious Studies

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis

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