Unfortunately, only a handfulof historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have recognized LGBT student groups. In some cases, the colleges outright prevent gay students from forming groups. In other casess, such as at Virginia's Hampton University, the LGBT group was only founded after years of red tape and bureaucracy. The plight of black students on campus becomes all the more critical in the wake of recent news stories, such as the controversial new dress code at Morehouse College.
The Human Rights Campaign has just launched a new interactive website for HBCU students. Joey Gaskins of HRC's Diversity Department writes: "The issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students on Historically Black College and University campuses are many. Discrimination motivated by homophobia and intolerance is rampant, and LGBT students are suffering because of it... there are brave HBCU students living openly on campuses that are not LGBT friendly—not only dealing with issues at school—but in their homes and churches too. Students like Dustin Baker, Howard University School of Divinity’s only out seminarian."
Baker is featured in a new video targeted at HBCU students. The openly gay second year seminarian says his colleagues are very accepting "but outside there are churches that will not allow me to preach in their pulpits or allow me to teach a Bible study. I became a seminarian because I got tired of seeing this."
Reminiscent of the teen exorcist video at a Pentecostal church, Dustin says pastors and the congregation attempted to remove "the demon of homosexuality" from him ... when he was only 12 years old. Dustin also tells the heart breaking story of attempting suicide. Watch Dustin Baker's inspirational story WHEN YOU JUMP.