Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Dumbledore Is Lonely

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Dumbledore Is Lonely

Article excerpt

It's a crazy sign of the times when the fictional headmaster of a school of witchcraft and wizardry can come out but The Chronicle of Higher Education can identify fewer than a dozen openly gay top officers of U.S. institutions of higher learning.

In contrast to all the hoopla around the outing of the Harry Potter stories' Albus Dumbledore, there was much less fanfare when Ralph Hexter, the real-life president of Massachusetts's Hampshire College, announced his marriage to his long-term male partner in September. In a story the Chronicle published that same month, queer heads of colleges, universities, and independent graduate professional schools stood up to be counted--all 11 of them. Only two were presidents of public universities, both of them part of the University of Maine system.

LGBT professors may be welcome in lecture halls, but meetings of boards of trustees seem to be a different story. The job of university or college president has less to do with deciding curricula for the next generation and much more to do with nurturing relationships, whether they involve soliciting donations from alumni or, especially if the institution is public, securing government funding. …

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