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is being paid to the experiences of transgender
and nonbinary members of campus (Garvey,
Chang, Nicolazzo, & Jackson, 2018; Jourian,
Simmons, & Devaney, 2015). Nuances may
exist that impact the professional lives of transgender and nonbinary staff that are tied more
closely to gender identity and gender expression rather than sexual orientation.

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CONCLUSION
In a profession focused on providing affirming residential environments for college students, this study places a crucial spotlight on
the experiences of the LGBTQ+ professionals
in housing and residence life who play pivotal
roles every day in creating the experiences that
shape these realities for students. These participants shared their experiences, challenges,
and stories in order to encourage colleagues,
departments, and institutional leaders to adopt
changes for the support, recruitment, and retention of LGBTQ+ professionals in housing
and residence life. This study also serves to
encourage researchers to continue excavating
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serve as sources of strength, support, and advocacy through their commitments to making
campus housing more inclusive for all.

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