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'Ask Me': What LGBTQ Students Want Their Professors to Know - Students. By Julia Schmalz Students The federal law known as Title IX is meant to protect students from discrimination based on their gender identity.

'Ask Me': What LGBTQ Students Want Their Professors to Know - Students

But many gay, lesbian, and transgender students say they face an array of challenges and safety issues on their campuses. The Chronicle interviewed more than a dozen of them to hear more about what keeps them from thriving in college. Here’s a glance at some of the many issues they talked about: ‘More Shades of Lavender’ Shane Windmeyer, executive director of the advocacy group Campus Pride, says research data are driven by binary thinking that does not reflect the increasingly varied identities that students are embracing.

What’s in a Name? D.A. Housing Concerns How can colleges make students feel good about their living arrangements? A Need for Resources and a Dedicated Staff Campus Pride estimates that there are more than 200 campuses with resource centers dedicated to the concerns of gay, lesbian, and transgender students. Title IX Exemptions Report. 12/21/16: A Generational Schism Over Gay Rights Appears at Evangelical Colleges. The University of Chicago Divinity School. Issues of human sexuality continue to challenge evangelical Christian higher education organizations.

The University of Chicago Divinity School

As Martin E. Marty discussed in the October 17, 2016, issue of Sightings, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship recently announced a new policy to let go of staff who support same-sex marriage. Now the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) is implementing a new membership policy which requires full-voting members to affirm that marriage is only to be between a man and a woman. Other “core commitments that guide [the CCCU’s] advocacy” are “sustainability and the preservation of the Earth,” “the well-being of the underserved and marginalized,” “the preservation and advancement of religious freedoms,” and a commitment to “humble and courageous action that honors the unity of the human race, values ethnic and cultural diversity, and addresses the injustices of racism.”

The CCCU, with 117 member institutions in the U. If the reader’s eyes are glazing over, little surprise. 10/18/16: Inside InterVarsity’s Purge: Trauma and Termination at the Premier Evangelical Student Org. When InterVarsity staff worker Michael Vasquez told two of his supervisors that a man had raped him in a gym locker room, one wondered aloud if he had asked for it.

10/18/16: Inside InterVarsity’s Purge: Trauma and Termination at the Premier Evangelical Student Org

Did Vasquez, a gay Christian, secretly hope for this encounter? The question came out nonchalantly, recalled Vasquez in an interview, “like this was a discipleship conversation about my promiscuity as opposed to a pastoral conversation about how I was just raped.” Since Vasquez first began working at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, one of the nation’s largest campus ministries, he had been open about his sexual orientation.

He started his staff position at the University of Utah in the fall of 2013; soon after, a male supervisor requested that they meet weekly in the supervisor’s bedroom to practice prayer rituals aimed at changing Vasquez’s sexual orientation. When that didn’t work, the supervisor encouraged Vasquez to date women and, eventually, to watch heterosexual pornography. The “purge” 10/14/16: InterVarsity Press responds to authors’ protest of controversial gay marriage termination policy. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA (IVCF), an evangelical ministry operating on 667 campuses nationwide, has faced fierce backlash since announcing it would involuntarily terminate any employees who theologically support gay marriage.

10/14/16: InterVarsity Press responds to authors’ protest of controversial gay marriage termination policy

The most significant outcry has come from a group of more than 50 prominent authors in InterVarsity’s publishing stable who signed a statement lamenting the policy and asking the ministry to revoke it immediately. In the midst of the growing outcry, InterVarsity leadership has holed up and remained silent. Attempts made by Religion News Service to contact IVCF president Tom Lin and Greg Jao, director of campus engagement, have been ignored. Other religion journalists who have reported on the matter say IVCF leadership has been unresponsive to their interview requests, too. But the publisher at InterVarsity Press (IVP), Jeff Crosby, has now cracked the silence. The author exemption may seem puzzling to some of InterVarsity’s supporters and alumni. 10/10/16: Christian college group tries to define membership categories based in part on views on same-sex marriage. For more than a year, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities has struggled with what to do about a split between members that affirm same-sex marriage and are willing to hire people in such marriages, and the majority of member institutions that reject that view.

10/10/16: Christian college group tries to define membership categories based in part on views on same-sex marriage

Some of the majority group feel strongly enough that they left the CCCU last year when the organization did not kick out Eastern Mennonite University and Goshen College after those two colleges changed their policies to permit the hiring of people in same-sex marriages. An immediate split was averted last year when Eastern Mennonite and Goshen withdrew from the CCCU, saying that they did not want to divide the group. But at the time, CCCU announced that it would appoint a committee to determine membership rules going forward. Those rules have now been adopted by the council's board, effective in July, and they deal with same-sex marriage through multiple categories of membership.

10/6/16: InterVarsity to Dismiss Employees Who Support Gay Marriage. 10/3/16: CCCU adopts new membership policy. Copyright (c) 2016 Baptist Press.

10/3/16: CCCU adopts new membership policy

Reprinted from Baptist Press (, news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. The original story can be found at by J.C. Derrick/WORLD News Service , posted Monday, October 03, 2016 (3 days ago) 9/1/16: 'Christian' College Gives Heave-Ho To Professor For Supporting LGBT People. So my old alma mater is getting rid of yet another tenured faculty member who doesn’t bend to its narrow understanding of Christianity and dares to publicly support LGBT people.

9/1/16: 'Christian' College Gives Heave-Ho To Professor For Supporting LGBT People

Gordon College, in Wenham, Mass., has been in the news the last couple of years because its president, D. Michael Lindsay, was one of the prominent evangelicals in 2014 who petitioned President Obama for the right to discriminate against prospective employees who happen to be LGBT. They insisted they had a “right” to taxpayer dollars, in the form of federal contracts, even though they felt they shouldn’t have to abide by the president’s then-pending executive order barring discrimination in federal contracts.

8/15/16: California Legislation to Eliminate Christian Colleges' Exemptions to LGBT Discrimination Fails, but It's Not the End of the Issue. Creating and sustaining a religious community is essential to the educational mission of Christian colleges and universities.

8/15/16: California Legislation to Eliminate Christian Colleges' Exemptions to LGBT Discrimination Fails, but It's Not the End of the Issue

They typically rely on codes of conduct that govern the behavior of students and faculty in line with their religious teachings. At many Christian schools, these codes include prohibitions against some kinds of sexual conduct and expression, including same-sex romantic relationships. Certain private religious institutions are legally allowed to maintain these policies, which might mean they refuse to hire faculty in same-sex relationships or deny housing for married same-sex students. 8/5/16: Another University Relinquishes Its Religious Exemption to Title IX – The Ticker. Loyola University of New Orleans has relinquished its religious exemption from Title IX, a university official said on Thursday, adding that the institution fully supports the federal gender-equity law.

8/5/16: Another University Relinquishes Its Religious Exemption to Title IX – The Ticker

The Roman Catholic university’s president, the Rev. Kevin W. Wildes, in May wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of Education asking to “disclaim” the religious exemption that Loyola had sought and been granted three decades earlier, in 1986. In its request to the department in that year, the university took issue with language in Title IX and regulations written to carry it out that referred to the “termination of pregnancy, or recovery therefrom.”

7/31/16: One of America's Least Gay-Friendly Universities Drops Its License to Discriminate (But Why?) Earlier this month it was revealed that Pepperdine University had notified the U.S.

7/31/16: One of America's Least Gay-Friendly Universities Drops Its License to Discriminate (But Why?)

Department of Education in January that it wanted to withdraw the request it made in 1976 to be exempt from certain provisions of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the law that bans sex discrimination at educational institutions that receive federal funds. The 1976 request was subsequently granted and Pepperdine received a license to discriminate on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation. 7/27/16: A University Makes a Rare Call to Ditch Its Title IX Exemption. David Bro, Since 1985, Pepperdine U. has been exempt from certain provisions of Title IX. But early this year it decided to waive that status. 6/14/16: Sacred Spaces: Gay Night Clubs. June 14, 2016 Gay night clubs are SACRED SPACES for many of my LGBTQA friends whose churches, colleges, families, teachers, clergy, and yes, government, have not only failed to protect their queer bodies, but outright rejected their bodies created in YHWH’s image.

Let me share something which may offend some of your sensibilities. 6/13/16: Muslims & Queers in a Perverse, Trumpian, Political Culture. June 13, 2016 The Qur’an says: Whoever kills a person [unjustly]…it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind.” (Qur’an, 5:32) 6/9/16: Vanderbilt Adds Sex-Reassignment Surgery to Student Health Plan – The Ticker. Vanderbilt University has added sex-reassignment surgery to its student health-care plan, The Tennessean reported on Wednesday. Cynthia Cyrus, the university’s vice provost for learning and residential affairs, told the newspaper that the change had been made after a routine annual review of the health-care plan.

The expanded care will go into effect this year. The private university’s plan already covers hormone therapy for transgender students. Seventy-two colleges and universities across the United States offer coverage for transgender-related surgeries in their student health-care plans, according to a tally compiled by Campus Pride, a nonprofit advocacy group. Efforts by Tennessee colleges and universities to become more inclusive for transgender and gender-nonconforming students have stirred some controversy over the past few months in the state’s Republican-led legislature. 6/9/16: Academics in Sexual Minorities Can Feel a Need to Stay Closeted. 6/6/16: I’m a Woman Who Got Kicked Out of Women’s Bathrooms. 6/3/16: It’s Time to Speak Up for Your Gay and Transgender Students. Adam Walker Cleaveland One of my colleagues laughs about my "secret identity" as a punk-rock fan. On campus I do my best to be very professional, dressed in business casual, holding office hours and serving on committees.

When I leave the parking lot, though, I have the music turned up so loud in my car it could make your ears ring. How much to keep your personal life and personal beliefs separate from your job is something most of us have pondered, but I have come to realize that these identities should not be as secret or separate as I once thought. For me, punk rock means standing up for what you believe in, politically and personally.

That video was eventually viewed worldwide, with links to my tweet appearing in news posts from Rolling Stone, USA Today, Vogue, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, The Guardian, and many others. 5/27/16: Unconstitutionality is only part of the story - Christian Feminism Today. Home > Article Index > Bathroom Legislation: Unconstitutionality Is Only Part of the Story By Julia K. 5/12/16: Redefining Religious and Academic Freedom: Gordon College Edition. Thank you for your interest in Patheos newsletters! Please enter your email address below and click the "Subscribe" button. Thank you for your subscription.

You can visit your Preference Center to complete your profile and see what else we have to offer. We apologize, we were unable to complete your subscription at this time, please try again later. 5/9/16: Hope College Board Says It Now Supports President. 5/6/16: Students say Gordon restricting speech. WENHAM — Two hundred Gordon College students have signed a letter defending a professor who sued the school and accusing the administration of attempting to "suppress dialogue" on sexuality and other issues. "We are upset about these particular situations and the purpose of the letter is to draw attention to our frustration," the letter says. The four-page letter was sent on Friday morning to top administrators and members of the board of trustees. It does not make any specific demands, but one of the students behind the letter said he's hoping it will lead to a meeting between students and administrators at the Christian liberal arts college.

"Hopefully it will cause administrators to be more attentive to what we have to say and be willing to meet," said Liam Adams, a junior. 5/2/16: Hope College Board Chair Will Step Down. 4/29/16: Gordon professor says she was punished for criticizing college's request for exemption to antibias law. A professor of philosophy at Gordon College is suing the institution for allegedly retaliating against her for publicly disagreeing with its request for a religious exemption to a federal antidiscrimination law pertaining to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender workers. The college says it was the professor's peers who decided to punish her for the tone of her statements. D. 4/26/16: When religion and the LGBT collegiate athlete collide. 4/25/16: Values made clear. 4/24/16: Hope College board chair says no May vote to fire president.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Hope College Board of Trustees chair, Mary Bauman, penned a letter to the college community Saturday night, saying that there will not be a motion by the Executive Committee to fire President John Knapp at an upcoming May meeting. Instead, she pledged they plan to "devote time to reflect, discern and consider what is in the best interest of the Hope community. " The April 23 letter comes more than a week after Students4Knapp organized a silent demonstration that included faculty concerned about rumors of Knapp's firing. The president's backers on Friday, April 22, launched the website, Hope4Knapp, in support of Knapp's leadership and continued presence.

4/22/16: How Choosing a Cabinet Helped Put One College President in Peril. MLive. 4/18/16: Hope College moves away from immediate plan to fire president. John KnappLeaders of the board of Hope College have moved away from a plan to fire President John Knapp immediately. Stories of Struggling With Same-Sex Attraction at a Christian School. What your readers convey regarding the silence and confusion around LGBT issues is absolutely accurate. The worst part is that as a shy 18 year old desperate to fit in with the school culture, I was traveling alone. I did not know how far I could go before putting my education and livelihood in jeopardy.

4/15/16: Students and faculty members rally behind Hope College president, who may be ousted. 3/14/16: The LGBT Politics of Christian College Campuses. 3/2/2016: Evangelical Christian campuses and their LGBTQ students. 2/23/16: How Wheaton College Turned Against Its Gay Leader. 2/22/16: Wheaton College could face long-term fallout over professor controversy.

2/4/16: Wheaton College Memo: Larycia Hawkins Case 'Discriminatory' 2/3/16: How Christian Universities Are Becoming a Battleground for LGBT Rights. 1/31/16: Evangelical Colleges' Diversity Problem Chronicle of Higher Ed. 12/21/15: Education Department urged to publicize Title IX exemptions granted to religious colleges. 12/18/15: Religious colleges get exemptions to anti-bias law; critics denounce ‘hidden discrimination’ against LGBT students. 12/14/15: Biola U toughens rules on sexuality and gender identity. 12/11/15: A Christian University Toughens Its Anti-LGBT Stances. 12/8/15: Another Christian College Will Hire Gay People. 12/4/15: Four Mennonite colleges update nondiscrimination policies. 12/2/15: ‘Not a Day Care’? Really? 12/1/15: Dozens of Christian schools win Title IX waivers to ban LGBT students.

10/22/15: The Untold Story of Religious Support for Gay Rights. 10/18/15: The Vatican's Synod of Bishops in Rome: What Will Happen on Homosexuality, Gay Marriage, and LGBT Catholics? 10/16/15: Same Sex Hiring Practices. 10/8/15: Fractures & Hope: Reflections on Religious Higher Ed. 10/6/15: Alan Chambers and the Downfall of the Ex-Gay Movement. 9/24/15: Christian college group should not require too many theological litmus tests for members (essay)

9/22/15: 2 colleges leave Christian college group to avoid split over gay marriage. 9/21/15: Sad Day for the CCCU: EMU and Goshen Resign. 9/15/2015: Mennonites, evangelicals and the sexuality debate in Christian higher education. 8/17/15: Essay by a gay faculty member at a Christian college. 8/14/15: For conservative Christian colleges, no middle ground on gay rights (ANALYSIS) 8/13/15: Christian college group faces conflict over its failure to expel institutions that will hire professors in same-sex marriages. 7/14/15: Evangelical Colleges Still Discriminate Against LGBT Students Despite the Supreme Court’s Gay-Marriage Ruling. 7/7/15: Julia Stronks's Essay on future of gay rights and Christian colleges in wake of Supreme Court decision. TEDxWashingtonCorrectionsCenterforWomen. 3/18/15: Schisms Over Same-Sex Marriage in the Mennonite Church. 8/19/14: Essay by anonymous faculty member about being gay at a Christian college as institutions seek exemptions from civil rights laws.

7/23/14: How LGBT Students Are Changing Christian Colleges. 11/21/13: Ironies & Bright Spots for Gays in the Christian College World. 7/8/13: Christian Colleges, Gay Faculty—and the Boy Scouts. 3/18/2013: Essay about being a gay faculty member at a Christian college.