There’s a large differential in how comfortable the various places I spend time in are for me as a queer-identified person – ranging from high visibility and acceptance of gender- and sexuality-related variance and issues (most of my online spaces) to rather chilly (my hometown), and all sorts of things in between. My university environment is one I’d call decidedly lukewarm – I haven’t experienced any hostility, but it also tends to be something that just doesn’t get talked about. I had to contact the Women’s Resource Center just to find a couple of professors I could speak to about the politics of being out in academia, when I was deciding how out to be here.
How comfortable are the spaces you inhabit for you as a LGBTQ-identified person, or any other important part of your identity? What tend to be the key factors in determining that comfort level?
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