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The California Teachers Association Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus

This thesis uses poststructuralism and queer theory as a framework for exploring the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus of the California Teachers Association. It draws upon the author's personal experiences, informal and formal observations of caucus meetings, and five interviews with current and former caucus leaders in order to explore the caucus' history, influence on CTA policy, conceptualizations of identity, and future directions. It concludes with some reflections on the possibilities for queer pedagogy within teachers union praxis and some thoughts on the application of queer methodology to educational research.

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