Education, Outreach, and Ally Development
When hearing the phrase "It gets better" made popular by the recent nation-wide campaign, we may assume that transgender, lesbian, bisexual, genderqueer, questioning, gay, and queer people find themselves in places of greater acceptance, love, and affirmation simply by growing up and leaving home. However, results from a 2010 National Study of LGBTQ People in Higher Education reveal that:
- LGBQ respondents (23%) were significantly more likely to experience harassment when compared with their heterosexual counterparts (12%) and were seven times more likely to indicate the harassment was based on their sexual identity (83%, 12%, respectively). Additional analyses indicated that those who identified as queer (33%) were significantly more likely to experience harassment than other sexual minority identities.
- LGBQ respondents were twice as likely to be targets of derogatory remarks (61%), stared at (37%), and singled out as "resident authority" regarding LGBT issues due to their identity (36%) when compared with their heterosexual counterparts (29%, 17%, and 18%, respectively).
- Thirty-nine percent of transmasculine respondents, 38 percent of transfeminine respondents, and 31 percent of gender non-conforming (GNC) respondents reported experiencing harassment compared with 20 percent of cisgender men and 19 percent of women.
- LGBQ respondents more often seriously considered leaving their institution, feared for their physical safety due to sexual identity, and avoided disclosure of sexual identity due to intimidation and fear of negative consequences
How does life for LGBTQ+ people get better?
Through ongoing individual, group, and institutional-level awareness, education, and change with the goal of creating an inclusive, affirming, and equitable campus environment around issues of sexuality, gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, class, disability, nationality, and size.
The LGBTQA+ Student Program, in collaboration with the Center for Gender and Student Engagement, and student leaders, provides participatory educational opportunities for student groups, teams, organizations, clubs, and residential communities.
For inquiries or to schedule a workshop, facilitation, or training, email Reese.C.Kelly@dartmouth.edu.