LGBTQ Inclusion: Must-Read Articles for the Scholar-Practitioner

As I near the end of my first year in my student affairs master's program, I find myself wishing some of the articles I read for class papers had been included in the syllabi. Certainly every professor has to make the difficult decision of which readings to include and which to cut; but in some cases, I wish the decision to include just another ten or fifteen pages to address LGBTQ students, particularly trans students, would be made more often. As some of the studies listed below have found, being represented in the classroom is crucial for the sense of belonging for LGBTQ students, and I bet it's no different for LGBTQ higher ed. students.

Below I will list citations of those articles which I found to be the most educational, accessible, and/or relevant to my courses, and, unless noted, were not included as part of our required or recommended readings. Please feel free to send me suggestions of other "must-read" articles, and I will continue to add to this post such that it may serve as a resource to scholar-practioners and higher ed./student affairs faculty.

  • Catalano, D. C. J. (2015). Beyond virtual equality: Liberatory consciousness as a path to achieve trans* inclusion in higher education. Equity & Excellence in Education, 48(3), 418-435.
  • Garvey, J. C., & Rankin, S. R. (2015). The influence of campus experiences on the level of outness among trans-spectrum and queer-spectrum students. Journal of Homosexuality, 62, 374-393.
  • Goodrich, K. M. (2012). Lived experiences of college-age transsexual individuals. Journal of College Counseling, 15, 215-232.
  • Gortmaker, V. J., & Brown, R. D. (2006). Out of the college closet: Differences in perceptions and experiences among out and closeted lesbian and gay students. College Student Journal, 40(3), 606-619.
  • Krum, T., Davis, K., & Galupo, M. (2013). Gender-inclusive housing preferences: A survey of college-aged transgender students. Journal of LGBT Youth, 10(1-2), 64-82.
  • Renn, K. A. (2007). LGBT student leaders and queer activists: Identities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer identified college student leaders and activists. Journal of College Student Development, 48(3), 311-330.
  • Seelman, K. L. (2014). Transgender individuals’ access to college housing and bathrooms: Findings from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 26(2), 186-206.
  • Singh, A. A., Meng, S., & Hansen, A. (2013). “It’s already hard enough being a student”: Developing affirming college environments for trans youth. Journal of LGBT Youth, 10(3), 208-223.

And of course, for those of you interested in a detailed look at transgender experiences on campus, I encourage you to read the full Colorado Trans on Campus Report (2012). Another resource like this list that focuses on trans and queer readings is Z Nicolazzo's Trans Studies in Higher Education Syllabus (2017).

List last updated: August 12, 2015