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.
Chapter Seven: “It’s Not Natural!” (Wahinkpe Topa (Four Arrows) aka Don Trent Jacobs)
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“It’s Not Natural!”
WAHINKPE TOPA (FOUR ARROWS) AKA DON TRENT JACOBS
IN THE BEGINNING
I am guessing that many readers upon first reading the title of this paper are taken aback, at least for a moment. Perhaps it seems I am taking a position contrary to the purpose of this volume. Of course, I chose it because not only is it the most common argument against sexual or gender diversity that I hear, I intend to make the case that this argument itself is not natural. As an Indigenous author I find such a position to be as anti-Indian as much as it is anti-gay. Both represent a gross misunderstanding or even a rejection of Nature as teacher. Nor is a coincidence that Christian orthodoxy influences both negative attitudes. For example, the perspective that being gay is not natural can be found in the Scriptures of all three of the Abrahamic religions:
The Old Testament: Leviticus 18:22: “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.”
The New Testament: Corinthians: 6:9: “Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals.”
The Quaran (7:81): “For ye practice your lusts on men in preference to women: ye are indeed a...
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