Free shipping over $99 | Interest Free *no credit check* financing is available!

Reflecting on the Importance of HBCUs During Black History Month

by HRC staff February 11, 2016

Post submitted by HBCU Project Manager Leslie Hall

As we mark Black History Month, HRC’s blog will feature the voices of African-American LGBT leaders and allies.

During this Black History Month, it is important that we reflect on the true purpose and mission  of our historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and why they were founded. The mission of access, opportunity and equality all ring true as we pave a path of acceptance and inclusion for our LGBTQ students.

HRC Foundation’s (HRCF) HBCU program empowers LGBTQ HBCU students to be change-agents on their campus and lead resourcefully through the intersections of race, religion, gender identity, class and sexual orientation.

Most recently, for example, HRCF’s HBCU project joined the University of Pennsylvania’s (UPenn) Center for Minority Serving Institution to host a Twitter chat about connecting HBCUs and the LGBTQ community titled, “Creating Safe & Inviting Spaces for Students & Staff”.

UPenn Center for MSI Assistant Director for Programs Lola Emisu and I co-led the conversation and several other higher education leaders joined us.

Together, we discussed institutional challenges, supporting transgender students and staff and increasing visibility of coalitions on campus.

While we honor Black History Month each February, HBCUs, as well as HRCF’s HBCU project, work year round to create an inclusive, opportunistic place for students. Working together, we can make sure HBCUs are a more inclusive places for all students, whether LGBTQ or allied.

The HBCU Project  provides training, technical assistance and gatherings to provide the support to all who are working to creating positive change on HBCU campuses. Learn more here.

HRC staff
HRC staff


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Also in Think

“Straight” Guy Can’t Get No Satisfaction (Or Responses) On Gay Hookup Sites. What’s The Prob?

by Derek de Koff October 26, 2016

He believes very strongly that he played his cards just right and should be up to his neck in acts of fellatio. But no. A hapless young chap lays out his tale of woe on Reddit, and it’s a tawdry tale about looking for love in all the right places and still winding up alone — [...]

Continue Reading →

Watch Trump’s Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star Get Destroyed… With An Ax

by Jeff Taylor October 26, 2016

A man dressed as a construction worker and wielding a sledgehammer and pickax made short work of Donald Trump‘s Hollywood Walk of Fame star on Wednesday morning, leaving it an unrecognizable mess. It now lay in ruins, much like Trump’s campaign. Sparks flew as it was beaten as badly as the man himself in the three presidential [...]

Continue Reading →

Gay Ex-Mormons Are Livid Over LDS’s Official New “Mormon And Gay” Website

by Derek de Koff October 26, 2016

File under “Losing My Lunch Religion”: So The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints released an official “Mormon and Gay” website this week, and ex-Mormons are rightly freaking out about it. Your official rage will no doubt begin shortly after perusing the Frequently Asked Questions section, which opens with “Why Use the Term ‘Same-Sex [...]

Continue Reading →