The Disregarding of Heteronormativity: Emphasizing a Happy Queer Adulthood and Localizing Anti-Queer Violence to Adolescent Schools

  title={The Disregarding of Heteronormativity: Emphasizing a Happy Queer Adulthood and Localizing Anti-Queer Violence to Adolescent Schools},
  author={Doug Meyer},
  journal={Sexuality Research and Social Policy},
  • Doug Meyer
  • Published 2017
  • Sociology
  • Sexuality Research and Social Policy
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