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restorative justice, and bias incident protocols.
Despite access to multiple options, professionals suggested that departments often miscommunicate which methods they use, resulting in
the inability to spot patterns of anti-LGBTQ+
remarks or threats.
When discussing LGBTQ+ identities or
topics, departments should address these identities and topics as strengths and opportunities
rather than deficits or problems to fix. LGBTQ+
professionals often bring living examples to
students and colleagues of how to live more
congruent, authentic lives with increased selfawareness and the ability to create chosen communities of resiliency and support (Horne,
Puckett, Apter, & Levitt, 2014; Riggle, Gonzalez, Rostosky, & Black, 2014; Riggle & Rostosky, 2012). Therefore, departments should be
cautious about instances when LGBTQ+ topics
enter conversations of housing and residence
life, so these topics and identities are not discussed as deficits or disadvantages, enmeshed
primarily within conversations around exclusion, discrimination, violence, bullying, counseling, or lacking resources.
Departments of housing and residence
life should adopt a stronger role as institutional advocates for LGBTQ+ inclusion. While
some institutional departments may lack
LGBTQ+ visibility and diversity as a strength,
participants in this study felt that the field of
housing and residence life tended to attract
more LGBTQ+ professionals, positioning their
departments as potential leaders for LGBTQ+
inclusion across the institutions at large. While
some professionals and departments acknowledged this as a potential burden, many saw this
strength as an important opportunity to be catalysts for institutional change and inclusion.
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FUTURE RESEARCH
This study adds to a growing literature around
the lived experiences of LGBTQ+ professionals
in housing and residence life. Emerging from
the study, several additional ideas surfaced as
topics for future research that could contribute
further to existing literature.
Participants referenced housing and residence life as an area within higher education
that attracts LGBTQ+ professionals. Data are
often not collected for employees regarding
LGBTQ+ identities, leaving the validity of this
assertion to remain unknown. Future research
should explore the extent to which housing and
residence life serves as a gateway for LGBTQ+
professionals into the profession as well as a
launchpad for advancing careers within the
profession.
In accordance with housing and residence
life as a career launchpad, participants acknowledged a familiarity with LGBTQ+ role
models in senior administrative positions
who had roots in housing and residence life.
Future research exploring the career development of successful senior administrators could
provide useful strategies and pathways for entry-level and mid-level LGBTQ+ professionals
in housing and residence life. In turn, openly
LGBTQ+ senior administrators can serve as
role models, guides, and mentors for newer
LGBTQ+ professionals.
Researchers should continue investigating
the experiences of transgender and nonbinary
professionals in housing and residence life.
With discussions around gender-inclusive
housing on campuses as well as many universities including gender-inclusive health care in
their employee health plans, greater attention

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