A new GLAAD report recently announced a surge in LGBTQ+ and gender inclusiveness on television at the same time the FBI reports hate crimes against transgender and Latina/o/x people are at a 16 year high. West Virginia University LGBTQ+ Center director Cris Mayo, who recently co-edited two scholarly collections in LGBTQ+ studies in education and co-authored the book Navigating Trans*+ and Gender Complex Identities, notes that there has been progress in media representation but clearly much more work needs to be done to prevent bias-related violence.
“While society continues to struggle with inclusivity and the acceptance of others – from the entertainment industry and politics to business and yes, even college campuses – the WVU LGBTQ+ Center is ramping up the research of LGBTQ+ studies to drive advocacy efforts. Not only do we raise awareness of LGBTQ-related inequities, including homophobia, transphobia, racism, misogyny, xenophobia, ableism and more. But we collaborate with other scholars and LGBTQ+ community members across the country to encourage fairness and respect for all. As industries like TV and film begin to include the LGBTQ+ community, it is important to also encourage inclusion in education, health care, legislation, and other key areas. – Cris Mayo, Director, LGBTQ+ Center
Mayo has recently co-authored three scholarly collections on LGBTQ+ studies focused on gender identity, queer education and educational practices that address queer, trans, gender nonbinary and other related issues.
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