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EXEMPLIFYING THE UNWRITTEN CURRICULUM of working
in higher education, LGBTQ+ professionals in housing and
residence life do not receive a manual on what to anticipate
in their professional roles regarding the consideration of
their identities within a new institutional culture. Many
professionals enter housing and residence life as their entry
point into the profession, without guidance or trust from
LGBTQ+ peers, supervisors, or role models who can share
examples of what they might expect to encounter (Johnson,
2009; Robinson & Seyforth, 2016; Smith, 2013).
Whether creating safer spaces, coming out to colleagues,
managing levels of safety, experiencing threats and
microaggressions, or addressing the treatment of their
live-in partners, 10 LGBTQ+ professionals shared obstacles
and considerations for housing and residence life colleagues
and departments. This study illuminates experiences that
current and future generations of LGBTQ+ professionals
in housing and residence life may encounter during
their roles. In being unapologetically authentic, these
professionals showcase their LGBTQ+ identities not as
deficits or limitations but rather as key strengths with the
power to change students' lives, colleagues' lives, and their
institutions of higher education.

Working in
housing and
residence life
presents an
important pivot
point for LGBTQ+
professionals
as a gateway
to launching
lifelong careers in
higher education
or steering
individuals out
of the profession
altogether.

Working in housing and residence life presents an important
pivot point for LGBTQ+ professionals as a gateway to launching
lifelong careers in higher education or steering individuals out of
the profession altogether (Belch & Mueller, 2003; Belch, Wilson,
& Dunkel, 2009; Vaughn, 2013). Departments play an important
role in helping their parent institutions advance the recruitment,
support, and retention of LGBTQ+ professionals by advocating for
inclusion around gender and sexuality topics, including trans-inclusive health care, partner and spousal benefits, and the prevalence of
gender-inclusive restrooms (Beemyn, 2019; Bosch & Pursley, 2019;
Rankin, Blumenfeld, Weber, & Frazer, 2010.)

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