Edited By William M. Reynolds
Chapter Thirty-Two: 32. Gay and Queer Men of Color at Southern Universities
Gay and Queer Men of Color at Southern Universities
JOSHUA MOON JOHNSON
The U.S. South is known for many things: food, hospitality, civil rights battles, and humidity. The South is rarely known for things such as equality, inclusiveness, or safe queer spaces. As a higher education professional with a focus on diversity and inclusion, I often wonder what my life and career would look like if I had stayed in the South. The South has a reputation for the ways it treats people of color, and the South also has a reputation for how it treats lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people. As I examine how gay and queer men of color experience working at universities in the South, I also shed light on the experiences of those coming from multiple marginalized backgrounds. The narratives, conclusions, and recommendations shared in this chapter aim to guide institutions of higher education to become more supportive and inclusive of diverse populations.
Experiences and Perspectives
The experiences I bring to this topic have framed my perspective and have motivated me to analyze these stories. I was born in small-town Mississippi and lived there until I graduated high school and went to college in Mobile, Alabama. I later worked at and pursued graduate school at the University of Alabama, and I held my first job in Birmingham, Alabama. My time in the South was instrumental to my understanding of identity,...
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