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A Guide to LGBTQ+ Inclusion on Campus, Post-PULSE

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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.

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Chapter Six: Big U Knows Best: Patronizing Queer Campus Culture (S. Gavin Weiser / Travis L. Wagner)

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CHAPTER SIX

Big U Knows Best

Patronizing Queer Campus Culture

S. GAVIN WEISER AND TRAVIS L. WAGNER



“If GSA can help one or two people a semester come out, feel comfortable and grow personally, then we are doing more than any other organization on campus.”

—ROBBY THOMPSON, BIG U’S GAY STUDENT ASSOCIATION VICE-PRESIDENT, 1983 (BEDENBAUGH, 1983)

ORIENTATION: HISTORIES OF EXPLOITATION AND EXCLUSION OF QUEER CAMPUS FOLX

A southern institution surviving upon the labor and capital of its marginalized groups is how one institution has survived the thirty years of queer justice. Reflecting on this move toward a more inclusive campus environment, reveals that each increment has been accomplished not by institutional leaders, but by those most affected by the intolerance. At each juncture, a critical moment for change was championed by those seemingly without agency, but who found that inner strength to make their community more inclusive despite the regressive tenor of regional and state politics.

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