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Gay on God's CampusMobilizing for LGBT Equality at Christian Colleges and Universities$
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Jonathan S. Coley

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469636221

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636221.001.0001

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The Context of Change

The Context of Change

(p.23) Chapter One The Context of Change
Gay on God's Campus

Jonathan S. Coley

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter addresses the question of how something that seemed unthinkable even in the early 2000s – LGBT inclusion at Christian colleges and universities – has suddenly become possible. Specifically, the chapter provides an historical overview of three currents of the LGBT movement – the emergence of the LGBT rights movement as a force in U.S. politics, the spread of Gay-Straight Alliances across U.S. schools, and the inroads by LGBT advocates into religious denominations – and argues that the increasing openness of some Christian denominations to LGBT equality in particular has emboldened LGBT and allied students working to advance LGBT equality on Christian college and university campuses. The chapter then provides descriptive statistical data on the presence of LGBT groups and inclusive nondiscrimination statements across all Christian colleges and universities in the United States. The chapter shows that it is when Christian colleges and universities are affiliated with Christian denominations that maintain a historical body of social justice teachings that they are most inclusive of LGBT students.

Keywords:   LGBT, Movement, Students, Politics, Schools, Gay-Straight Alliances, Nondiscrimination, Christian, Colleges, Universities

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