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Thursday, June 11, 2015 10:13 AM

Erasure of Student Mural at Marquette University

The Consortium was disappointed to learn of the dismissal of Susannah Bartlow, our colleague at the Marquette University Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, and the related erasure of a student-created mural at the Resource Center. We are particularly concerned about the message sent by Bartlow’s dismissal and its impact on students at Marquette. In late May, Marquette officials learned of the existence of this mural and removed both the mural and Bartlow from campus. The mural was painted by students on one wall of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center in March of 2015. Students, including members of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority (a historically Black Greek Letter Organization), intentionally chose Assata Shakur as a subject for the mural in order to highlight the life of an activist Black woman.

By erasing the mural, Marquette officials are erasing an opportunity for Black women to feel represented on campus. Shakur is a controversial figure because of her alleged involvement in a number of violent acts, including murdering a state trooper in 1977, and later escaping from prison in 1979. At the same time, Shakur is also an author, an activist, and a scholar. Her philosophy and actions continue to shape higher education through inclusion in many academic courses, particularly in the realm of Critical Race Theory.  For example, a student group at the City University of New York (which Shakur attended) is currently Her legacy is one that deserves discussion, debate, and academic inquiry, rather than censorship. 

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015 12:00 AM

Inclusive Excellence:
Ensuring Inclusive Campuses for LGBTQ Students, Staff, and Faculty

Friday, June 26, 2015
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
University at Albany - SUNY

 

Check out our institute guide now!

altThe Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, in conjunction with the University at Albany - SUNY, is proud to offer this opportunity to higher education professionals as an opportunity to connect with colleagues across the region & country, discuss emerging trends in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) student services, and share knowledge and struggles regarding specific campus policies. 

This day-long event is a fabulous opportunity to engage with current trends in higher education for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people. We will discuss the needs of LGBTQA students, staff, and faculty. Sessions will highlight emerging practices in gender identity inclusion, policy, research, and student support. The institute is appropriate for all experience levels and professional roles. 

Please join the event on Twitter by following @LGBTcampus and checking out #lgbtqAlbany.

Sponsored by the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, the University at Albany - SUNY, and the SUNY Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

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Monday, April 06, 2015 02:17 PM

Record Number of Reported LGBT Homicides So Far In 2015

In the last two years, the transgender community has seen some historic gains. A series of legal victories made it easier for transgender people to receive health care and find jobs. A transgender actress made the cover of Time Magazine, paired with an article called “The Transgender Tipping Point.”

But a haunting reality persists, untouched by the good news: Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people continue to be killed because of who they are. A record 14 homicides of LGBT people have been reported so far in 2015, according to an open letter released Thursday by the Anti-Violence Project, an advocacy group that publishes an annual report on LGBT violence.

Half of the victims were transgender women of color, the AVP reported.

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Wednesday, April 01, 2015 10:05 AM

NPR Press Release: HB 218-Georgia's "Religious Freedom" 

February 18, 2015
 
The Honorable Nathan Deal, Governor
The Honorable David Schafer, Senate President Pro Tempore
The Honorable David Rolston, Speaker of the House
Georgia State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
 
Dear Governor Deal, President Pro Tempore Shafer, and Speaker Rolston:
 
As leaders of organizations committed to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, we are writing to express our serious concerns about Georgia House Bill 218, the “Preventing Government Overreach on Religious Expression Act.” As drafted, this legislation invites and legitimizes further discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
 
Last year, legislation similar to HB 218 passed the Arizona legislature but was vetoed by former Governor Jan Brewer following an outcry from businesses, sports organizations, and LGBT advocates. At the heart of this outcry was a simple message: Arizona should be open and welcoming to all people, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
 
The passage of HB 218 or a similar measure will send a loud message across the country that Georgia is an unwelcoming place for LGBT Americans. Such a message threatens the state’s ability to recruit and retain the best and brightest workers, secure corporate relocations that spur the economy, support innovative entrepreneurship, and further develop its thriving travel and tourism industry. All of us have organizational members in Georgia; like them, we want Georgia’s brand to remain welcoming to all.
 
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 02:21 PM

Wellesley & Simmons Colleges Continue to Shatter the Glass Gender Binary by Admitting Trans Women!

Contact: Jen Self, Publications and Communications Chair, pubcom@lgbtcampus.org

March 17, 2015

New York, NY: The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals celebrates Simmons College and Wellesley College’s decisions to be just the third and fourth of the 119 “single-sex” campuses in the U.S. to admit trans women. Just six months after Mills College and Mount Holyoke College opened their admissions policies to trans women and allowed for the continued enrollment of trans men, Wellesley & Simmons follow suit to “align themselves on the right side of history” according to Simmons College junior, Danny Boucher. Similar to Mills College, Wellesley’s new policy opens admissions to trans women. However, the policy does not open the door to the admission of trans men who have legally changed their gender markers to “M.” By contrast, Simmons College adopted a policy that more closely resembles Mount Holyoke’s, opening admissions to all people assigned female at birth regardless of current gender identity and all trans women.

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