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LGBTQ+ Issues in Student Housing

To best support students, it is crucial that
practitioners consider their identities through
an intersectional lens. Using Jones and McEwen's (2000) Model of Multiple Dimensions of
Identity as a framework for their study, Allison
BrckaLorenz, Kyle Fassett, and Sarah Hurtado
explore experiences around belonging and
discrimination of LGBQ+ students with disabilities living on campus. This study highlights the marked differences between LGBQ+
students and straight or heterosexual students
both with and without disabilities. Further,
the scholars note the alarming concentration
of LGBQ+ students reporting mental health
issues and that LGBQ+ students with disabilities generally reported feeling less comfortable being themselves, less valued by their
institutions, and less like a part of the campus
community than LGBQ+ students without disabilities. BrckaLorenz, Fassett, and Hurtado
close by challenging professionals to think
about how our policies and practices can adapt
to provide a more supportive environment for
those facing multiple marginalized identities.
This issue closes with a piece from
Matthew Antonio Bosch on the experiences
of LGBTQ+ professionals within housing and
residence life. Bosch notes that while housing
and residence life is often a starting point for
many professionals, LGBTQ+ individuals face
these immersive environments without signposts for how to navigate their identities. The
shared stories spotlight how LGBTQ+ professionals navigate coming out, personal safety,
and experiences with threats and/or microaggressions. Bosch advocates for departments
viewing the identities of LGBTQ+ professionals as strengths that uniquely enable them to

enact positive change for the overall campus
living experience.
As guest editors, editing this special issue
was impactful, both personally and professionally. As student affairs practitioners and
scholars who identify as gay with strong ties to
housing and residence life, we are highly committed to the residential experience of college
students. The opportunity to work with these
authors to share their knowledge and expertise for making college and university housing
spaces more educational, influential, and comfortable is a reality we hope to see happen for
all marginalized students.
R. Bradley Johnson, Tony Cawthon, and
Zachary R. Blackmon, Editors
The Journal of College and University Student
Housing

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