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 Ten: Embodying Queer Pedagogy on Campus: Autoethnographic Explorations after Orlando, FL (Kerri Mesner)
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Embodying Queer Pedagogy ON Campus
Autoethnographic Explorations after Orlando, FL
OPENING WITH QUESTIONS
[Autoethnography starts] I start my day, as I often do, slowly waking up with a cup of tea and spending some time perusing Facebook. Facebook is an enjoyable but slippery slope for me … one thread leads to another and suddenly an hour has passed in idle browsing.
Today is different, however. My newsfeed is peppered with posts and headlines about a mass shooting at a queer nightclub in Orlando, Florida. 49 people are dead, and 53 more are injured; most of the victims are Latinas and Latinos (Latinx) as it was a Latinx night at the club.
My response is visceral. Shock. Grief. And simultaneously, not-shock. As a queer Christian theologian and educator, I’ve long been aware of the climate that makes the US ripe for an attack like this. A part of me, disturbingly, is not surprised. Another part of me is reeling. A queer club. While I’m not a club goer myself, I celebrate our long history of creating sanctuary in clubs, and today, this sanctuary has been violated. If they were not safe at Pulse, who’s to say we are safe anywhere?
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