I received this plea for help from a friend in Baltimore asking that I accumulate some thoughts and information for her regarding the effects of heterosexism in the college environment. Please read below and feel free to email her directly, post your thoughts here or send them to me. This is a very important topic and your feedback and assistance will be invaluable.
I’m a faculty member at the Community College of Baltimore County in Maryland, and this Friday, June 5, 2009, I will be giving a workshop to a group of my colleagues on heterosexism and straight privilege. This workshop is taking place within the larger context of a two-week-long workshop on culturally responsive pedagogy, in which participants (all faculty members) will be laying bare issues of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation. The group is small, but they are influential within the college and will have the opportunity to touch many students’ lives over the course of their careers…”