On Being Haunted by King: An Elegy for Queer Youth

  • Adam J. Greteman School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Keywords: Queer Theory, Trans Studies, Adolescence, Homophobia, Transphobia, School


In this elegy for queer youth, the author returns to a photo of Lawrence/Leticia King to reflect on the ways King's life and death provided then and now insights on the promises and perils of queer and trans youth in schools. King has become a part of the past, a shared queer past, but a past that might be used to imagine a future—a queer, a trans, future—for students becoming amidst the halls and classrooms of school. 


DOI: 10.1353/jeu.2020.0009

Author Biography

Adam J. Greteman, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Adam J. Greteman, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Art Education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His teaching and research interests lie at the intersections of feminist, queer, and transgender theories, philosophy of education, aesthetics, and teacher education. He is the author of Sexualities and Genders in Education: Toward Queer Thriving (2018) and the co-author (with Kevin Burke) of The Pedagogies and Politics of Liking (2017).

How to Cite
Greteman, A. J. (2020). On Being Haunted by King: An Elegy for Queer Youth. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 12(1), 160-167. Retrieved from http://jeunessejournal.ca/index.php/yptc/article/view/509