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Article "A question of orientation: Homosexual support group hopes to help break down stereotypes"

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Article "A question of orientation: Homosexual support group hopes to help break down stereotypes"

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In the first installment of the “Coming out of hiding: Homosexuals at UR” series, Kevin Kendall writes about the experiences of gay, lesbian, and bisexual students on campus The article includes excepts from anonymized interviews with four University of Richmond students, and one Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) student. The students are part of the Lambda Coalition, "a social support group for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and supporters of their rights,” a group in the midst of applying for official campus status. The club originated from a pre-screened support group based in Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Largely closeted, the students express frustration with invisibility and erasure, but describe faculty and members of University administration as supportive of their organizational efforts. The group had recently chosen David Braverman, the new assistant dean for Richmond College, as their faculty advisor. Students describe complications of involvement in Greek life, the absence of sexual orientation as a classroom topic, and seeing homophobic graffiti in men’s bathrooms. As a counterpoint, a student from VCU describes her social experiences as including a diverse and generally supportive student body.

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Kendall, Kevin. "A question of orientation: Homosexual support group hopes to help break down stereotypes." The University of Richmond Collegian LXXVII, no. 15, (January 31, 1991): 12-13. https://collegian.richmond.edu/?a=d&d=COL19910131.2.59&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-.

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The Collegian, University of Richmond

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1991-01-31

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English

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Richmond (Va).

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Kendall, Kevin, “Article "A question of orientation: Homosexual support group hopes to help break down stereotypes",” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed November 11, 2019, http://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/2938.