Edited By Virginia Stead
The research in A Guide to LGBTQ+ Inclusion on Campus, Post-PULSE is premised on the notion that, because we cannot choose our sexual, racial, ethnic, cultural, political, geographic, economic, and chronological origins, with greater advantage comes greater responsibility to redistribute life’s resources in favor of those whose human rights are compromised and who lack the fundamental necessities of life. Among these basic rights are access to higher education and to positive campus experiences. Queer folk and LGBTQ+ allies have collaborated on this new text in response to the June 16, 2016 targeted murder of 49 innocent victims at the PULSE nightclub, Orlando, Florida. Seasoned and novice members of the academy will find professional empowerment from these authors as they explicitly discuss multiple level theory, policy, and strategies to support LGBTQ+ campus inclusion. Their work illuminates how good, bad, and indeterminate public legislation impacts LGBTQ+ communities everywhere, and it animates multiple layers of campus life, ranging from lessons within a three-year-old day care center to policy-making among senior administration. May the power of well-chosen words continue to deepen our understanding, clarify our communication, and empower us all as pro-LGBTQ+ campus activists.
Conclusion … and a Call to Action: LGBTQ+ Inclusion: Getting It Right on Our Own Campuses (Virginia Stead)
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Conclusion … AND A Call TO Action
LGBTQ+ Inclusion: Getting It Right on Our Own Campuses
This book has addressed crushingly hateful campus exclusion arising from the inherited personal characteristic of LGBTQ+ gender identity. The personal experiences and research findings that these authors have shared create a uniquely informative set of criteria with which to inform constructive activism and ongoing research.
Hopefully, you have acquired new insights and strategies that will strengthen your research and work as activists within your own communities, your states, and the world at large. The time has passed when knowledge of LGBTQ+ exclusion without action is sufficient. What is needed now is immediate and forceful action to integrate members of the LGBTQ+ into “mainstream” campus society and culture.
Readers are invited to contact me with comments on this book and suggestions for additional volumes in the Equity in Higher Education series.
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