Get That Freak
Homophobia and Transphobia in High Schools
Through interviews, focus groups and surveys with students in British Columbia, Get That Freak offers a uniquely Canadian perspective on homophobia and transphobia in high schools, a project that does not yet have many Canadian counterparts. By giving their interview subjects a clear voice, Haskell and Burtch empower students to tell their own stories; and by combining these first person experiences with theories of discipline and power, the book becomes more than just a collection of narratives. The theoretical grounding of the final chapter allows the book to transcend the individual experiences of its interview subjects, applying its conclusions to a universal student body. This dual nature of the book also gives it a dual purpose: it is at once an instant support group for queer and trans youth in high schools, and an important academic study of homophobia and transphobia in Canadian schools.
–Shameless Magazine, Issue 20, 2012