ERIC Number: ED324612
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Mar
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Managing the Campus Ecology of Gay/Lesbian Students on Catholic College Campuses.
Gutierrez, Fernando J.
Since 1973, the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association have removed homosexuality as an illness from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (1987). Most religions, however, continue to view homosexual behaviors as abnormal. Student personnel professionals can facilitate changes in religious higher education institutions to affect the value system so that it can be more inclusive of homosexual students. Tactics for facilitating these changes include: (1) dealing with one's own homophobia; (2) involving other staff members, especially the campus ministry office, and students to develop a proposal to present to the college's president; (3) seeking the approval of the plan from the board of trustees through the president; (4) utilizing the university language and cultural beliefs in order to present arguments, such as citing scripture; and (5) continuing the dialogue that will determine the acceptable theological guidelines through discovery and transmission of knowledge and the provision of leadership to the community. Without a change in the institutional values of religious campuses, the homosexual students' environment can become a barrier toward their growth and development. (ABL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American College Personnel Association (Chicago, IL, March 15-18, 1987).