ABSTRACT

This chapter moves beyond prior research by providing a descriptive picture of how a gang and crime-involved sample of young gay men manage and respond to homophobic bullying and harassment in schools. It explores the connection between fighting in school, gang membership, homophobic harassment, and familial support by discussing Darius's story. The chapter moves beyond prior studies by detailing how, under what circumstances, and why gay youth choose to fight back' against homophobic victimization. Homophobic language and harassment in American schools is pervasive It also presented information on risk factors for violence and gang membership to suggest how these pieces might fit together in the lives of participants who have responded to homophobic bullying and harassment with violence. The finding that some gay students find it necessary to respond to continued homophobic harassment with violence speaks to the need for enumerated anti-bullying bills.