Challenges faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (glbt) students at a South African university

This article explores the academic and social challenges experienced by students from the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (glbt) community on campus at a South African university. A qualitative study to investigate some of these academic and social challenges experienced by glbt students at a...

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Main Author: Sello Sithole
Format: Article
Language:English
Published: AOSIS 2015-12-01
Series:The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa
Subjects:
gay
Online Access:http://www.td-sa.net/index.php/td/article/view/54
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spelling doaj-b35ffa67739e4e3480c775ec445f53282020-11-24T22:08:20ZengAOSISThe Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa1817-44342415-20052015-12-01114e1e2710.4102/td.v11i4.5415Challenges faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (glbt) students at a South African universitySello Sithole0School of Social Sciences, University of Limpopo, SovengaThis article explores the academic and social challenges experienced by students from the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (glbt) community on campus at a South African university. A qualitative study to investigate some of these academic and social challenges experienced by glbt students at a university campus was conducted. The population of the study was all students from glbt community on campus and a purposive sample of twelve (12) respondents was constituted and a semi-structured interview guide was designed and administered to all twelve (12) participants. Data were audio recorded and transcribed. Content analysis which is a method used to systematically analyse the meaning of communications was used to analyse data. Of central interest were the core themes that speakers referred to, the information or messages that they wanted to pass on to their audience. The findings suggest that glbt students grapple with issues such as labelling, sexual abuse, discrimination/marginalisation and unfairness in the allocation of resources such as accommodation. In response to these cancerous societal ills, the helping professions exhort practitioners to empower vulnerable populations, promote social justice, support client self-determination and keep abreast of current knowledge relevant to professional practice. This article concludes with a set of recommendations on some of the strategies to address the identified socio-academic challenges.http://www.td-sa.net/index.php/td/article/view/54gaylesbianbisexualtransgendersocio-academic challengesSouth African university
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Challenges faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (glbt) students at a South African university
The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa
gay
lesbian
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transgender
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South African university
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title Challenges faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (glbt) students at a South African university
title_short Challenges faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (glbt) students at a South African university
title_full Challenges faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (glbt) students at a South African university
title_fullStr Challenges faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (glbt) students at a South African university
title_full_unstemmed Challenges faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (glbt) students at a South African university
title_sort challenges faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (glbt) students at a south african university
publisher AOSIS
series The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa
issn 1817-4434
2415-2005
publishDate 2015-12-01
description This article explores the academic and social challenges experienced by students from the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (glbt) community on campus at a South African university. A qualitative study to investigate some of these academic and social challenges experienced by glbt students at a university campus was conducted. The population of the study was all students from glbt community on campus and a purposive sample of twelve (12) respondents was constituted and a semi-structured interview guide was designed and administered to all twelve (12) participants. Data were audio recorded and transcribed. Content analysis which is a method used to systematically analyse the meaning of communications was used to analyse data. Of central interest were the core themes that speakers referred to, the information or messages that they wanted to pass on to their audience. The findings suggest that glbt students grapple with issues such as labelling, sexual abuse, discrimination/marginalisation and unfairness in the allocation of resources such as accommodation. In response to these cancerous societal ills, the helping professions exhort practitioners to empower vulnerable populations, promote social justice, support client self-determination and keep abreast of current knowledge relevant to professional practice. This article concludes with a set of recommendations on some of the strategies to address the identified socio-academic challenges.
topic gay
lesbian
bisexual
transgender
socio-academic challenges
South African university
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