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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 Twenty: Transgender/Gender Non-Binary Inclusion in Higher Education Courses (Brandon L. Beck / Katherine Lewis / Susan M. Croteau)

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CHAPTER TWENTY

Transgender/Gender Non-Binary Inclusion IN Higher Education Courses

BRANDON L. BECK, KATHERINE LEWIS, AND SUSAN M. CROTEAU



INTRODUCTION

Student discrimination and harassment is unfortunately commonplace on college campuses. In particular, gender diverse and sexual minority students are marginalized at high rates. Curricular intervention is needed to overcome the marginalization and to support the students who are part of these underrepresented communities.

Transgender is the “T” in the often-heard acronym LGBT. Meaning “beyond” or “on the other side of” gender, it typically refers to people who identify or express their gender in a way that does not align with socially normed expectations for their birth sex. The term LGBT stands for Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender and is an overly-simplistic way of grouping a wide variety of sexual and gender minorities into a single community. Sometimes the acronym changes from LGBT to LGBT+ to LGBTQI or LGBTQIA or a variety of other acronyms that have varying degrees of popularity or ease of use. In most cases, the “Q” stands for queer or questioning, the “I” for Intersex, and the “A” for Asexual, Aromantic, Agender, or Ally. In any of these variations, many identities are still not represented by a letter in the acronym, and the acronym is still confined by Western English-speaking cultural standards. In this study, researchers will use the acronym LGBTQIA to be as inclusive as possible while still working within the bounds of current English linguistic...

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