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Campus Issues for LGBTQ Students

 

Is Your College LGBTQ Friendly?  Do LGBTQ students feel safe and accepted on their college campus? Choosing the right college may be critical in determining whether or not you feel respected and accepted. Does your campus have an inclusive environment? Or does it isolate and marginalize its LGBTQ population? LGBTQ college students are encouraged to consider their college's policies, faculty and staff, commitment to LGBTQ support, student life, academic life, campus housing, campus safety, counseling and health services, and recruitment efforts.

--Does your campus include sexual orientation and gender identity/expression in the written non-discrimination policy statement and in written statements about diversity and multiculturalism?
--Does your campus provide domestic partner benefits for LGBTQ employees with same-sex partners?
--Does your campus have a Safe Zone program or Safe Space program (an ongoing network of visible people on campus who identify openly as allies for LGBTQ people and concerns)?
--Does your campus have a professional staff person who is employed to increase campus awareness of LGBTQ concerns/issues as part of his/her job description?

 

--Does your campus have an LGBTQ concerns office or an LGBTQ student resource center (an institutionally funded space specifically for LGBTQ education and support services)? If not, does your campus have another office or resource center that deals actively with LGBTQ issues and concerns (Women’s Center, Multicultural Center)?
--Does your senior administration actively demonstrate inclusive use of the words “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer” when discussing community, multicultural and, or diversity issues on campus?
--Does your campus sponsor regular, on-going campus-wide activities and events to increase awareness of LGBTQ issues/concerns on campus?
--Does your campus have regular, on-going social events specifically for LGBTQ students?
--Does your campus have a college/university-recognized LGBTQ campus student organization for all LGBTQ students and allies?
--Does your campus have any student organizations that primarily serve the social or recreational needs of LGBTQ students (Gay social fraternity, Lesbian Volleyball Recreational Club, Gay Coed Lacrosse Club)?

 

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--Does your campus have any student organizations that primarily serve the needs of under-represented or multicultural LGBTQ populations (LGBTQ Latinos/Latinas, International LGBTQ students, LGBTQ Students with Disabilities)?
--Does your campus have any student organizations that primarily serve the religious/spiritual needs of LGBTQ students (Unity Fellowship for Students, Gays for Christ, LGBTQ Muslims)?
--Does your campus have out LGBTQ faculty members?
--Does your campus have an LGBTQ studies major? If No, does your campus have LGBTQ-specific courses offered through various academic programs?
--Does your campus integrate LGBTQ issues into existing courses when appropriate?
--Does your campus include LGBTQ issues in new faculty/staff orientation programs and on-going training opportunities?

 

--Does your campus have an extensive collection of LGBTQ-related holdings in the campus library?
--Does your campus provide LGBTQ-themed housing options or LGBTQ specific living-learning communities in campus housing?
--Does your campus allow for students with same-sex spouses/partners to reside together in campus housing?
--Does your campus provide housing options that are sensitive to the needs of transgender students?
--Does your campus provide training sessions for housing employees on LGBTQ issues and concerns?
--Does your campus provide training sessions for public safety officers on LGBTQ issues and concerns and anti-LGBTQ violence?
--Do your campus public safety officers carry out LGBTQ outreach efforts and meet with LGBT student leaders/organization?
--Does your campus have a clear procedure for reporting LGBTQ-related bias incidents and hate crimes?
--Does your campus have a bias-incident and hate-crime reporting system for LGBTQ concerns?
--Does your campus have support groups for LGBTQ individuals in the process of coming out and for other LGBTQ issues/concerns?
--Does your campus have individual student counseling that is sensitive to LGBTQ issues/concerns?

 

--Does your campus provide training for campus health care professionals to increase their sensitivity to the special health needs of LGBTQ individuals?
--Does your campus participate in an LGBTQ admission fair designed for outreach to incoming LGBTQ high school students?

--Does your campus have an LGBTQ graduation ceremony (Lavender Graduation) for LGBTQ graduating seniors?
--Does your campus have any scholarships specifically targeting LGBTQ students and heterosexual students who are supportive of LGBTQ equality?
--Does your campus include LGBTQ issues in new student orientation programs?
--Does your campus have an LGBTQ mentoring program to welcome and assist LGBTQ students in transitioning to academic life and other involvement on campus?

 

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Standards for LGBTQ Programs and Services

The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) has established guidelines for the directors of various campus programs, including residence life, Greek organizations, counseling services, recruiting and admissions, diversity programs, health services, and more. Their collection of guidelines also addresses the professional standards for LGBTQ programs and services on college campuses.

According to CAS, it is no longer a matter of whether to provide services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) college students, but rather, it is a matter of when. The talent, energy, and hope with which LGBTQ students are entering college must be acknowledged and encouraged. Some students are declaring their bisexual or homosexual orientations in high school, then knocking on institutional doors with expectations of being fully appreciated for who they are in their entirety, including their sexual orientations. Many more students enter college questioning their sexual identities, not yet ready to make pronouncements nor embrace labels, but they deserve the institution’s demonstrated acceptance and attention.

 

Nearly 100 higher education institutions currently have full-time professionally staffed offices or centers that provide services for and about LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff. Some such services include information and referral, advocacy, support groups, discussion groups, LGBTQ student organization advising, safe zones, ally projects, leadership programs, peer counseling, and Lavender Graduation celebrations. Some campuses have LGBTQ offices staffed by part-time graduate students, and some campuses with no actual LGBTQ office or center employ a person who is responsible for providing services to LGBTQ students.
 

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The National Consortium of Directors of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Resources in Higher Education was officially founded in San Diego in 1997 to provide support for the professionals in this growing new arena in student affairs. Beyond membership support, the Consortium seeks to assist colleges and universities in developing equity in every respect for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni. The Consortium also focuses on developing curricula to enhance its professional goals, to promote improved campus climates, and to advocate for policy change, program development, and the establishment of campus LGBTQ offices and centers.

Minimal data are currently available as to the number of LGBTQ students on college campuses. Several reasons exist to explain this fact. First, some surveys regarding sexual behavior rely on people to self-disclose same-sex interactions, thoughts, or feelings. It is unlikely that people will answer such questions honestly or at all if they do not explicitly trust the anonymity of the process. Second, some surveys rely on people to identity themselves through labels such as homosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, or queer. While some LGBTQ people may use these labels, many others, especially LGBTQ people of color, may not. Either they have decided to not attach a label to their non-heterosexual identity.  Or they have not journeyed through the coming-out process sufficiently to yet identify with a label. Or they use different terminology, all of which are the experiences of LGBTQ college students. Finally, while some people may have strong feelings of same-sex attraction, it is likely that they remain in heterosexual relationships or become non-sexual and never act on their feelings of such same-sex attraction. Consequently, limited empirical data exist to identify numbers of LGBTQ students.

 

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No college or university has sexual orientation or gender identity boxes on admission forms, and retention studies related to LGBTQ students have not yet been conducted. Therefore, when administrators wish to ascertain the number of LGBTQ students on campuses, there are few, if any, databases available to provide such information. Consequently, they find themselves resorting to asking an openly gay student or staff member or simply projecting numbers from LGBTQ college chat rooms.
 

Like racism, sexism, and other ideologies of oppression, heterosexism (that only heterosexuality is normal) is manifested in social customs, institutions, and in attitudes and behaviors of individuals. Preserved through the routine operation of institutions, the maintenance of heterosexism is possible because it is in keeping with prevalent social norms. Higher education contributes to the maintenance of institutionalized heterosexism as evidenced by hate crimes directed toward LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff members. Given that heterosexism’s values underlie higher education, the work involved in proactively addressing violence against LGBTQ individuals and building communities that are inclusive and welcoming of LGBTQ persons is both controversial and demanding.

Researchers note that campuses are no longer safe havens for students, faculty, or staff. Violence is a community and societal problem that has found its way into institutions of higher education. Institutions must make concerted efforts to create campus climates where every student is safe and every faculty and staff member is secure in knowing that there will never be another incident such as the one involving Matthew Shepard at the University of Wyoming.

 

CAS provides a framework for building and maintaining an effective LGBTQ campus program. It offers resources and assessment tools to help higher education administrators and directors of LGBTQ programs consider all the factors relevant to ensuring their LGBTQ program is successful. By using CAS's published guidelines, directors of LGBTQ programs can consider such aspects as the mission, purpose, program elements, learning outcomes, developmental goals, leadership, organization, training, financial issues, legal responsibilities, external relations, ethics, and assessment.

Among the important standards outlined by CAS regarding effective LGBTQ campus programs are the following statements:

The formal education of students consists of the curriculum and the co-curriculum, and must promote student learning and development that is purposeful and holistic. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Programs and Services must identify relevant and desirable student learning and development outcomes and provide programs and services that encourage the achievement of those outcomes.

Relevant and desirable outcomes include: intellectual growth, effective communication, realistic self-appraisal, enhanced self-esteem, clarified values, career choices, leadership development, healthy behaviors, meaningful interpersonal relationships, independence, collaboration, social responsibility, satisfying and productive lifestyles, appreciation of diversity, spiritual awareness, and achievement of personal and educational goals.

LGBTQ programs and services must: Advocate for the creation of a campus climate that is free from harassment and violence. Identify environmental conditions that negatively influence student welfare. Advocate for solutions to be enacted that neutralize such condition. Work to create policies and procedures within the institution that promote and maintain a hospitable climate.

LGBTQ programs and services must promote institutional understanding for the concerns of LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff. Educate other campus programs and services to be responsive to the unique concerns of LGBTQ students.

These programs and services must include:
 

Individual and group psychological counseling such as: coming out support, services for victims and perpetrators of homophobia, services to address family issues, services to address same sex dating issues, services to address same sex domestic violence, and support for victims and perpetrators of hate crimes.
 

Health services such as: health forms with inclusive language, LGBTQ health issues brochures, safer sex information for same sex couples.

Career services such as: resume development, information on LGBTQ friendly employers, employer mentoring programs for LGBTQ students, information on LGBTQ issues in the workplace, and academic advising such as the support of students’ educational choices

LGBTQ programs and services must provide educational opportunities that include: Examination of the intersection of sexual orientation with race, class, gender, disability, and age. Promotion of self awareness, self-esteem, and self-confidence. Promotion of leadership experiences. Identification of and networking with role models and mentors. Support of students and their families in achieving academic success.

 

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Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony conducted on numerous college campuses to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the University.

 

The Lavender Graduation Ceremony was created by Dr. Ronni Sanlo, a Jewish lesbian, who was denied the opportunity to attend the graduations of her biological children because of her sexual orientation. It was through this experience that she came to understand the pain felt by her students. Encouraged by the Dean of Students at the University of Michigan, Dr. Sanlo designed the first Lavender Graduation Ceremony in 1995.

 

The first Lavender Graduation honored three graduates. By 2001, there were over 45 Lavender Graduation Ceremonies at colleges and universities nationwide. Graduating students, including undergraduates and graduates, are invited to take part in the celebration, which occurs each year the week prior to university-wide commencement events.

 



For decades students at colleges and universities around the country have been celebrating both their academic achievements and their cultural heritages at specialized commencement events. Many of these events are student-initiated and usually occur during the university-wide commencement weekend. These events provide a sense of community for minority students who often experience tremendous culture shock at their impersonalized institutions. For many students they are the payoff for staying in school, and friends and families find the smaller, more ethnic ceremonies both meaningful and personal.

Lavender Graduation is a cultural celebration that recognizes LGBTQ students of all races and ethnicities and acknowledges their achievements and contributions to the university as students who survived the college experience. Through such recognition LGBTQ students may leave the university with a positive last experience of the institution thereby encouraging them to become involved mentors for current students as well as active alumni.

 



Lavender Graduation is an event to which LGBTQ students look forward, where they not only share their hopes and dreams with one another, but where they are officially recognized by the institution for their leadership and their successes and achievements.

Like other commencement ceremonies, lavender graduation ceremonies typically include a guest speaker; presentation of certificates; presentation of awards; special stoles, cords, and tassels; refreshments afterwards; and, of course, a reading of graduates' names. Attendance is open to family, friends, students, faculty, staff, allies, and all members of the campus LGBTQ community. It is usually held before formal commencement.

The ceremony takes its name (and sometimes the color of tassels, caps, cords, stoles, or other items) from the significance of the color lavender in the LGBTQ community. Some campuses use rainbow tassels, cords, caps, or stoles.

 

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Lesbian Until Graduation

The LGBTQ slang terms lesbian until graduation (LUG), gay until graduation (GUG), and bisexual until graduation (BUG) are used to describe women primarily of high school or college age who are assumed to be experimenting with or adopting a temporary lesbian or bisexual identity during their college years. The term suggests that the woman to whom it is applied will ultimately adopt a strictly heterosexual identity after she leaves campus.

In a 1999 article in the Seattle Weekly, A. Davis related her experimentation with same-sex relationships, and how as a result, she experienced hostility from lesbian friends who pressured her to identify as a bisexual, including one friend who urged her to do so as a political statement, despite the fact that Davis identifies as a heterosexual who merely experimented with women for a brief period. Davis claimed that women who experienced same-sex relationships are more attuned to LGBTQ issues, and more likely to oppose discrimination.

The “lesbian until graduation” is the cultural archetype of a usually white, privileged, overeducated girl who “experiments” with same-sex relationships in college either as part of a rebellion against her parents/hometown/former life as a high schooler with a curfew or as the result of a newfound feminist political consciousness that can only truly be manifested by touching another girl’s vagina.

Its pervasion of mainstream consciousness can perhaps be traced back to the 2003 New York Magazine article “Bi For Now," which uses the term “hasbian” to refer to LUGs in their latter years.

 

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