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 Fifteen: George Washington University: One Campus Takes Comprehensive Action Against Hate Crimes (Carol A. Kochhar-Bryant)
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George Washington University
One Campus Takes Comprehensive Action Against Hate Crimes
CAROL A. KOCHHAR-BRYANT
Our communities across the nation are experiencing growing inequities in access to resources. Hispanic/Latinos, African Americans, people living in poverty, people with disabilities, youth, seniors, immigrants, and LGBT communities face barriers when trying to access health, employment, housing and other services. These inequities further marginalize diverse communities. All communities are responsible for the safety and quality of life of all residents, and to ensure that they can participate fully in social, economic, political, and cultural life. Consider a few jarring examples on the impact of discrimination because they support the urgent call to attend to this human rights agenda.
1. The LGBT community is at a higher risk for suicide because they lack peer support and face harassment, mental health conditions and substance abuse. For LGBT people aged 10–24, suicide is one of the leading causes of death. LGBT individuals are four times more likely and questioning youth are three times more likely to attempt suicide, experience suicidal thoughts or engage in self-harm than straight people. Between 38 and 65% of transgender individuals experience suicidal ideation (Grant, Mottet, & Tanis, 2012; Kann et al., 2015; National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2016).
2. The LGBT community reports higher rates of drug, alcohol and tobacco use than that of straight people. Major factors that contribute...
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