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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 Eleven: Liminal Living Liberates (Alan Smith)

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CHAPTER ELEVEN

Liminal Living Liberates

ALAN SMITH



OPENING THOUGHTS

“So, do you have a girlfriend yet?” He froze as they asked him that question. The oppressed know well the domain of paralysis, helplessness, and annihilation. In what ways can we address the overwhelming air of death and destruction that shackle so many? How can we resuscitate lives? Changing the way we present information and tell stories is one important way to do so. Imprisoned by strict categorization, marginalized peoples traverse and navigate challenging territory and often create new spaces that defy easy labelling These so called gray areas are on the contrary luminous, dynamic and full of color The following autoethnography uses drawings and words to both illustrate an example of such and to challenge the alienating and isolating language of objectivity. Drawing from the work of Kumashiro, Finlay, and Ellis this autoethnography uses self-reflexive analysis and drawings as a means to paint a portrait of empowerment. My own experience with heteronormativity serves as part of the frame for the story. Weaving the work of three authors together with my own story I attempt to render a liberating picture. In the following drawing (Figure 11.1), I paint a self-reflexive picture.

My border designs connect to Ancient Greece, specifically featuring two vases depicting sexual intimacy between two males. The upper right of the page features a looming, towering figure dressed in ministerial garb. A clerical collar...

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