The Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Student's Guide to Colleges, Universities, and Graduate Schools-Jan-Mitchell Sherrill, Craig Hardesty

  • Title: The Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Student's Guide to Colleges, Universities, and Graduate Schools
  • Author: Jan-Mitchell Sherrill, Craig Hardesty
  • Released: 1994-03-01
  • Language:
  • Pages: 279
  • ISBN: 0814779859
  • ISBN13: 978-0814779859
  • ASIN: 0814779859


From Library Journal This guide covers 179 institutions nationwide. Entries consist of a brief essay accompanied by opinions from gay, lesbian, and bisexual students about campus climates and services and whether or not they would recommend their campus to other gays, lesbians, and bisexuals. The appendix provides some demographic, victimization, and health information about the respondents. There is also an institutional index and a copy of the survey questionnaire used as a basis for this guide and A decision about what college or university to attend should be based on many factors, particularly the strength of the academic programs. This guide omits such important information as majors or courses offered, costs, and more. Useful as a supplement to the standard guides.
- Barbara S. Meagher, Central Connecticut State Univ., New Britain
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From It is difficult, if not impossible, to determine which campuses have climates that are friendly to gays, lesbians, and bisexuals. This guide is a good first step, even though the institutions included are only those for which the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force provided mailing labels. There are omissions, such as the University of Illinois at Chicago, which is very proactive.

Information was provided by students through a questionnaire. It would be interesting to learn how administrators would have answered the same questions. This is not a detailed guide to gay studies or social activities. It provides a narrative for each institution that states the students' views on such things as the college's position on gays, lesbians, and bisexuals; housing for couples; homophobia; student groups; cultural contribution of these groups; HIV testing and safer-sex education; and courses taught that address these orientations. Each narrative ends with a statement on whether the respondents recommend the institution to other gays, lesbians, and bisexuals.

Unfortunately, there is no indication of the date of the survey, nor how many respondents there were for each institution--the opinions of one or two people have less credibility than that of many. Finally, it would have been easier to understand each institution's position if the majority of the information were in tabular form with a brief descriptive paragraph. Repeating the same phrases is not the most efficient way to present facts: "Students define .ÿ20.ÿ20. ," "The respondents are involved in .ÿ20.ÿ20. ," and "All of the respondents recommend .ÿ20.ÿ20. " are some of the phrases that are used again and again in each entry.

Since there are no books available that provide information about campuses that are comfortable for gays, lesbians, and bisexuals, this guide is a start. It is recommended for public, high school, and academic libraries. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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