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Published in: September-October 2018 issue.


Gay on God’s Campus: Mobilizing for LGBT Equality at Christian Colleges and Universities
by Jonathan S. Coley
University of North Carolina Press. 194 pages, $27.95


AT FIRST GLANCE, a title like “Gay on God’s Campus” suggests the depressing old tale of gay people’s suffocation in Bible-fog. In fact, nothing about this book is depressing, and it serves as something of a light in the fog, focused as it is on how gay students and their supporters have succeeded in moving their colleges into, if not exactly the 21st century, at least a reasonably modern way of treating LGBT students. In some cases the students generated significant change in college policy, resulting in genuine nondiscrimination policies, at least on paper. In other cases student-led groups were able to establish support groups on campuses with long traditions of antipathy toward anything that looked gay.

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