HBCUs Awarded Funds to Promote LGBTQ Inclusion

Four HBCUs, with the support of the Human Rights Campaign and Promised Land Films, are working to ramp up their LGBTQ inclusion efforts, just ahead of National Coming Out Week.

Alabama State University, Spelman College, Johnson C. Smith University and Tennessee State University were recently awarded $4,000 grants for on-campus screenings of “The New Black,” a new film that examines the role of race, faith, justice and identity in the lives of politically powerful Marylanders leading into the 2013 election—which included a referendum to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. Grant awardees are hoping the discussions in the film will serve as a catalyst for discussions on campus that will lead to a more inclusive environment.

“’The New Black’ is our first step towards creating greater visibility, establishing a safe space, and providing support for LGBT Hornets amongst faculty and the student body,” said Darian Aaron, president of AMPLIFIED, the LGBT organization at Alabama State University. “Our goal is to create a campus environment where the totality of our identity is celebrated in culture and university policy.” <Read more.>

Via Autumn A. Arnett, Diverse Issues in Higher Education.