Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs)
A Historically Black College & University (HBCU) alum once said: “the greatest taboo is still alive and well in the black community on our campuses.” This alum was referring to being both black and LGBT at an HBCU. Still today, the process of coming out at an HBCU can be a daunting process for LGBTQ youth. HBCU college administrators have largely not made any commitment to LGBTQ concerns, including the harassment that impedes student academic success and campus safety. Research suggests that LGBTQ youth of color face higher rates of harassment and discrimination in relation to the intersections of sexual, gender and racial identities. Explore these resources to gain a better understanding of the challenges faced on HBCU campuses and strategies to create further LGBTQ progress.
“LGBT Students Of Color – Honoring Black History Month And The Contributions Of LGBT African Americans” (January 26, 2013) Guest JeShawna Wholley, a recent graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., and senior outreach fellow at the National Black Justice Coalition in Washington, D.C., will highlight the important issues facing LGBT students of color at [...]
LGBTQ students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities face many different challenges than those at other colleges and universities. This article highlights some efforts involving HBCUs and thoughts regarding the LGBTQ climate at a variety of campuses. Current Climate The current climate for LGBTQ students at HBCUs is currently not ideal. No HBCU is currently [...]
With news stories on living on the Down Low, the alarming rise in HIV/AIDS among African-Americans and the taboo of being LGBT and Black, you’d think there was no good news for the Black LGBT community. That’s just not the case. A new wave is hitting the African-American community – a generation of out and [...]
Recently, advocates from around the country gathered in Baltimore for the annual Creating Change conference, hosted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. At the 24th national conference on LGBT equality, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) and the National Education Association’s Office of Minority Community Outreach partnered to present a timely townhall meeting [...]