|From California to Vermont, countless college students are grappling not only with grades, jobs, and student loans but with their very identity. For gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered students, college can be a disorienting and lonely experience. In spite of tremendous progress over the past 20 years, the presence of GLBT clubs, and queer studies curricula, an overwhelmingly large number of them not only feel isolated, but are too afraid to do anything about it. In Out & About Campus, the first book of its kind, the courageous voices of 28 remarkable individuals, shatter this unbearable silence to provide comfort, inspiration, insight and hope. A young man prevails as the first student to create a gay and lesbian studies major at the University of Wisconsin. A self-described "queer woman of color" helps to form gay Chicano/a solidarity at Stanford. A basketball player battles homophobia on the Harvey Mudd women's team. A brave man attends the University of Texas in drag. Students in North Carolina, California, Utah, and North Dakota reconcile their sexuality with their religious beliefs, often in the face of derision and interrogation.
All of them faced down their peers, their teachers, their parents, their adminstration, and their self-doubts to carve out a place of honesty and integrity for themselves. By bravely sharing their stories, they will help others to follow in their footsteps and help to provide a truly equal opportunity for all on campuses from coast to coast.