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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 Seventeen: Supporting Queer Survivors of Sexual Assault on Campus (Nicole Bedera / Kristjane Nordmeyer)

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CHAPTER SEVENTEEN

Supporting Queer Survivors OF Sexual Assault ON Campus

NICOLE BEDERA AND KRISTJANE NORDMEYER



INTRODUCTION

During college, Ashley felt as if she had found her community in her campus’ LGBT organization. As she told us:

I felt like college was a really, really safe and welcoming place for me for the most part … I had really found my niche of people. My main group was the LGBT club on campus and I just felt like they really got me. It was the first time in my life that I remember feeling like I could be my whole self with people and not worry about being judged.

Before long, Ashley had taken a leadership role in the club. She organized events and tried to help new members find the same comfort in the group that she had.

Ashley prioritized inclusion highly, even for members of the club she didn’t necessarily like. One of those members was Hannah. Hannah had a tendency to be physically touchy with other members of the club and Ashley often felt as if Hannah disregarded her boundaries. Despite this discomfort, Ashley still regularly invited Hannah to events that she thought would interest her and made a point to smooth out difficulties in their relationship to protect the dynamic of the group. Ashley made no exception for an out-of-town conference that she thought Hannah would enjoy, even though...

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