Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Higher Education

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) movement in higher education is a recent phenomenon. Students entering college in 2010 have always known LGBT characters on television and in film as well as “out” actors, musicians, elected officials, athletes, and family members. Throughout their lives, they have witnessed political debates about gays in the military, same-sex marriage, and any number of LGBT-supportive laws and policies. Many LGBT students and their straight peers have grown up in a shared world and come to college with greater levels of openness and support for LGBT people and issues than previous generations.

History and Context

Such openness and support did not always exist. The legislative fate of LGBT people in academia has been marked by setbacks as well as advances. In ...

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