A Lil Positivity: HBCUs Ramp Up Resources To Help LGBT Students Combat Campus Homophobia

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HBCUs Ramp Up Resources To Help LGBT Students

Historically Black colleges and universities are slowly but surely ramping their support for LGBTQ students to combat campus homophobia reports US News:

In the last few years, however, several historically black schools have created groups for LGBTQ students, held conferences to discuss how to meet their needs and updated curriculums to include the challenges and celebrations that come with being LGBTQ. Prospective students looking for an LGBTQ community and support may now have more options, experts say.

“There’s still a lot of undertone homophobia,” says Everse Pullen, a 21-year-old rising senior at Morgan State. He had a bad experience with a former roommate, he says, who was upset once he realized Pullen was gay.

The two have since reconciled, and Pullen says overall the Morgan State community has embraced him. “Morgan is a safe space,” he says.

Students from Morgan State, including Pullen, were at the center of “My God Too: Black LGBTQ Students Speak Out,” a video campaign produced in collaboration with the black church movement Many Voices. It debuted in May and highlights what life is like to be a member of the LGBTQ community at a historically black institution, and how the history and culture of HBCUs align with black churches.

ven though HBCUs weren’t always known for supporting members of the LGBTQ community, many of today’s college students who are not heterosexual are excited to attend a historically black school.

“I was not nervous as an LGBT student to come to Morgan,” Raven Palmer, a Morgan State student and gay woman, said in an email. Palmer was also featured in “My God Too.”

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