Claiming Space, Identity, and Justice
11. “Right” and Wrong: LGBTQ and AllyExperiences at a Large, Southern U.S. University, by Joshua C. Collins and Tiffany McElmurry
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“Right” and Wrong: LGBTQ and Ally Experiences at a Large, Southern U.S. University
Joshua C. Collins and Tiffany McElmurry
Those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or as allies in the geographically and politically southern United States know well the power held by groups from the conservative and religious “right.” Such groups are characterized by strong personal beliefs they perceive as contradictory to a “gay lifestyle” and what many have labeled the “gay agenda.” As the authors of this chapter, we represent perspectives stemming from our experiences as a once-closeted gay man and a straight, married ally, respectively, and as alumni of a large, public, historically conservative, southern university.
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