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LGBT Pride on Religious Campuses

As cities across the country celebrated this year with parades and festivities, the tragedy in Orlando is a stark reminder of the animosity against LGBT individuals that still exists. While the percentage of average Americans who support LGBT marriage has risen nearly 20 percent in the last 20 years, according to Gallup, between 20 and 25 percent of LGBT people experience hate crimes. Since marriage equality became law, communities, states and institutions alike have further encouraged the diversity and acceptance of LGBT individuals. 

Supporting Inclusive Campuses: The Role of the Student Conduct Professional - Part Two

In the first part of this blog series, we discussed the increased awareness of transgender and non-binary students, as well as some of the issues they might face that could lead to interactions with student conduct professionals. If you haven't had a chance to read that piece, click here. This heightened knowledge about gender identity, expression and sexuality is an incredibly positive step in ensuring safe, inclusive campuses where students are able to be themselves (and focus on their studies!), without fear. While many campuses are heading in the right direction when it comes to gender identity education and awareness, instances of targeted bullying, violence and sexual assault remain a heightened risk for trans and non-binary students, simply because of who they are.

Supporting Inclusive Campuses: The Role of the Student Conduct Professional - Part One

As a society, we are becoming more aware of the idea of gender as it relates to identity and self esteem. Terms like asexual, cisgender, transgender and queer are becoming more prevalent in our shared dialogue, acknowledging that gender, sexuality and self-expression can be fluid concepts, as opposed to fixed ideals. For individuals who feel like they may have a different sense of gender than what they were born with, this increased acceptance is a relief. In general, higher education has taken strides to better understand and serve transgender and non-binary students, including steps like increasing the choices for “gender identity” on applications, and creating resources for administration and faculty to create inclusive campuses

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