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Campus Women Lead

Spring 2005

Volume 34
Number 3

Visibility and Invisibility: LGBTQ Students on Campus

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From Where I Sit

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From Where I Sit

"Do you walk towards the crowd of guys with your girlfriend?" Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Trans Students' Experiences of Safety on Campus
Brad Barker, Danial Bell, Susan Hansen, Stephen Holthouse, Tarley Venn, and Anne Ward, School of Psychology, Murdoch University, Australia

The issue of on-campus safety is particularly relevant for students who may be at heightened risk of verbal or physical harassment on the basis of their visible difference. Both in the U.S., and elsewhere, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans (GLBT) students report incidents of discrimination and homophobia on campus. However, tertiary institutions differ in their capacity to recognize, and respond to, the rights of such students to a safe and discrimination-free environment.

Bridging Differences through Feminist Service Learning
Cierra Olivia Thomas and Tonia St. Germain, Gender Studies Program, Eastern Oregon University

Homophobia is a widespread problem on college campuses; studies consistently expose a "fearful" and often "discriminatory" environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered or Questioning (LGBTQ) students, faculty, and staff. The Gender Studies program at Eastern Oregon University (Eastern) has taken a proactive approach to ameliorating the negative campus climate issue for LGBTQ students through in-class service learning projects.

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