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ERIC Number: ED509319
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
Supporting Students of Diverse Sexual Orientation in Higher Education: An Ethnography of an LGBTAQ Center
Teman, Eric D.; Lahman, Maria K. E.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Denver, CO, Apr 30-May 4, 2010)
The authors conducted an ethnography of a university queer cultural center's role on campus and in the surrounding community. The dataset included participant observation, in-depth interviews, and artifacts. The authors present a review of LGBTQA [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, ally, and questioning] issues in higher education, heterosexual attitudes, transgender, ethics, and queer theory literature. The findings of roles/barriers to the Center's mission plus the devastating murder of a woman who was transgender and suicide of a Center student prompted the authors to use research poetry as a means to express the inexpressible. Furthermore, they illustrate tensions between contemporary queer and traditional gay theories through the telling of a "straight tale" (traditional report) and a "gay tale" (experiential report), interrupted with "queer tales" (poetic interludes) and "queer asides." At the heart of the tale is the transformation of a gay man to a researcher and scholar of gay issues. This tale is therefore at all times queer, gay, and straight. (Contains 11 footnotes.)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A