A transformative approach to embracing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) communities at a university campus.
Dare, Sunday Adesoji.
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The current issues of homophobic and discriminating acts by heterosexuals against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex communities has necessitated critiques to constructively drive to gain a transformative approach in order to embrace the LGBTI communities. The objective of this study is to propose a transformative approach that could embracing LGBTI communities at a university. The recruitment of a research team was done through a purposive method. The study’s sample size was reduced from 17 to 15 as two participants declined to participate in the study. The critical paradigm was used for data generation and PAR was used as an approach coached “Bronfrenbrenner ecological systems” theory. The “Ecological systems” theory in this study draws collective perspectives in order to allow responsive action towards maintained values, respect and morality for humanity by giving relative acceptance. The literature review was used, Ethical consideration sought from the university; gatekeepers and informed consents sent to the participants and the ethical clearance released by the higher degree ethics office. Data generation was obtained from meetings; focus group discussions, conversations, deliberate dialogues as well as free attitudes interviews/scripts/writings. Data was audiotaped and transcribed verbatim and it addressed each objective accordingly. Findings were from data generated, and the trustworthiness of this study was triangulated by the reflexive essay and the researcher’s field notes and reflections through the participants’ body language. Firstly, transcriptions were done by an expert and the researcher in order to maintain congruence and accuracy of data management. Data findings were further analyzed accordingly. Therefore, findings from this study showed that despite the awareness, campaigns and talk shows about the LGBTI communities, the majority of the heterosexual students as well as the management also need orientration to support LGBTI communities to be an active part of the University. This study discovered that more research needs to be done to embrace the LGBTI communities at a university campus. The limitations to this study were; 1). The religious practitioners such as pastors, imams, traditionalists, Hindus and other faith based groups could be part of this study. 2). The timeframe had a great influence on the efficiency of this study 3). Keywords: Transformative approach, embracing, LGBTI communities, university campus