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Article "Some LGBT students embrace an alternative social scene"

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Article "Some LGBT students embrace an alternative social scene"

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This Collegian article sheds light on the Richmond gay bar Godfrey’s as a source of refuge for LGBTQ+ students who attend the University of Richmond and wish for an alternative to Greek affiliated events. Common Ground director Glyn Hughes explains that Greek life on campus is heteronormative, meaning that it assumes everyone in the community is heterosexual. Although Greek leaders disagree that fraternities and sororities add to the homophobic atmosphere of University of Richmond’s campus, gay 2008 graduate Jason Tseng, along with other LGBTQ+ students, claim that the University is a, “…hostile climate for queer people.” This hostility can be attributed in part to gender segregated housing and the coordinate college system in general, says Tseng. Despite administrative efforts to promote campus inclusivity by Strategic Plan, Hughs notes that change in campus culture must come from students as well. In terms of promoting LGBTQ+ visibility on campus, Andy Gurka, area coordinator for the University Forest Apartments, discusses his experience as gay on campus and concludes that “being out has been a benefit to the community."

Source

Larter, David and Dan Petty. "Some LGBTQ students embrace an alternative social scene". The University of Richmond Collegian 94, no. 43, (March 5, 2009): 1. https://collegian.richmond.edu/?a=d&d=COL20090305.2.17&srpos=59&e=-------en-20--41--txt-txIN-

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The Collegian, University of Richmond

Date

2009-03-05

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English

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Collegian94.43.1-20090305.JPG

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Richmond (Va.)

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Larter, David and Petty, Dan, “Article "Some LGBT students embrace an alternative social scene",” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed November 21, 2019, http://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/3414.