Spelman College Launches LGBTQ Scholarship Program

Spelman College’s newly minted LGBTQ scholarship program and lecture series may lay the foundation for greater inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) across the country.

At least that is the hope of Beverly Guy-Sheftall, founding director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center at Spelman and the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies.

“HBCUs have been less visible and outspoken about LGBTQ issues, though they [have] had a long history around other social justice issues, especially around race, racial justice, and civil rights,” Guy-Sheftall, who established the new scholarship program, told NBC News. “Since HBCUs are increasingly crafting women’s studies programs in which gender and sexuality are central … this program will call attention to these new initiatives on HBCU campuses.”

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File Photo: Students walk past the entrance to Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia in this picture taken February 12, 2009.