In the 1992-93 academic year, the Higher Education Committee of the Massachusetts Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth heard testimony and conducted focus groups with a cross section of students, faculty, and administrators from a number of colleges and universities in Massachusetts. This report is the result of these meetings. The Commission learned that even in colleges and universities that already have clearly stated antidiscrimination statutes that include sexual orientation, sexual minorities still often feel excluded. Additional education and advocacy are needed to ensure that sexual minorities are not subjected to insensitivity, harassment, and violence. An introduction discusses the history of efforts by gay and lesbians for equal standing in institutions of higher education and identifies problems that they face, from discrimination, harassment and violence to suicide. Recommendations for more equity for gay, lesbian, and trans-sexual students are made in the areas of: (1) educational policies; (2) training and development; (3) services; (4) curriculum, educational materials, and academic affairs; (5) employee concerns; and (6) community and off-campus concerns. Five appendixes contain information on student organizational development, samples of college policies, local and national journals and publications, lists of local and national resources, and a list of electronic networking resources. (Contains 24 references and the executive order establishing the commission.) (SLD)
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Massachusetts Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, Boston.