OUT NOW! Queer People of Color in Higher Education, an edited volume by Joshua Moon Johnson and Gabriel C. Javier, published by Information Age Publishing, Inc.

Queer People of Color in Higher Education is a comprehensive work discussing the lived experiences of students, faculty members, and staff members who are marginalized because of their racial, sexual, and gender identities. Campus members who have been historically marginalized due to the race, gender identity, and/or sexual orientation are just recently being focused on; however, their identities are often viewed in isolation. Aspects of racism, homophobia and heterosexism, and transphobia do not happen one at a time. This book creates conversations on issues that are rarely acknowledged while also providing resources to best support queer people of color (QPOC) on U.S. college campuses. QPOC individuals are still discriminated against and targeted for hate and bias incidents on college campuses at alarming rates. This edited volume covers emerging issues, such as mental health needs of QPOC student, recruiting and retaining QPOC faculty and staff members, and creating policies to support marginalized populations. The chapters will be authored by leading researchers and practitioners who concisely summarize current literature while also adding new ways to address issues of injustice related to racism, sexism, homophobia, heterosexism, and transphobia.


Chapters include:

  • Experiences of QPOC International Students
  • Hate crimes and bias incidents towards QPOC students
  • Black and Queer
  • Latinx and LGBTQ+ Identity
  • QPOC Students and Spirituality Identity Development
  • Trans* People of Color (TPOC) in Higher Education
  • Intersecionality in Practice
  • QPOC Faculty and Staff as Mentors
  • QPOC students and campus activism
  • QPOC students in a campus and community/considerations in rural campuses
  • QPOC and Student Leadership


Dr. Joshua Moon Johnson is the author of three books. Beyond Surviving was released in 2012 and rose to the number 1 position on’s Gay and Lesbian Activism category. Authentic Leadership is an edited volume produced with Dr. Lemuel Watson, which discusses leadership, sexuality, gender, and race within the lives of educators. His newest book is Queer People of Color in Higher Education, edited with Gabriel Javier.

Dr. Johnson has also published numerous articles. Two of his most recent articles include:

Gay and queer men of color at Southern universities featured in W.M. Reynolds (E.), Critical studies of southern place: A reader, with Peter Lang Publishing and Back to the basics: Meeting the needs of marginalized populations on campus in The Vermont Connection, Spring 2014

Dr. Johnson’s books include:

Authentic Leadership: An Engaged Discussion of LGBTQ Work as Culturally Relevant

Edited by:

Lemuel W. Watson, University of South Carolina

Joshua Moon Johnson, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Beyond Surviving: From Religious Oppression to Queer Activism

By: Joshua Moon Johnson, Ed.D.

 Authentic Leadership: An Engaged Discussion of LGBTQ Work as Culturally Relevant

Joshua Moon Johnson also serves as the editor of a book series entitled Contemporary Perspectives on LGBTQ Advocacies in Society. Learn More


Book Reviews

Johnson’s unique approach to examining the areas of Christianity and same-sex relationships fills an important gap, these two areas rarely converge in research.  He broadens the discussion by bringing together discourse on queer identity, mental health, spirituality, physical and emotional abuse.  The narratives alone constitute a powerful testimony of survival and dynamism in our social system.  Beyond Surviving is beautifully written.
Emily Prieto, Ph.D., Director, Latino Resource Center, Northern Illinois University
For people raised in Christian or other religious traditions who find themselves distancing themselves from this identity as they begin coming out and cultivating intimate relationships, this book provides unique testaments to the struggle and triumph of LGBTQ Christians on our campuses. Beyond Surviving provides hope that we as an LGBTQ community can heal and embrace religion and spirituality as an important aspect of holistic well-being.
Raja Bhattar, Director, LGBT Campus Resource Center, UCLA
This book is filled with stories of healing and reconciliation.  As I reflect on my own journey, it is good to see that everyday we are becoming increasingly aware of the need to heal and reconcile our sexuality and faith at a very young age. May we all embrace continual healing as we read this incredible work.
Rev. Samuel R. Offer, Unity Fellowship Church, Baltimore Vice President, Washington Consulting Group
Johnson’s new book portrays the struggles of students in same-sex relationships in a powerful and moving way through personal stories–exploring students’ internal and external conflicts, vulnerability, pain, self-realization, hope, and, yes, triumph. Educators will better understand the multiple dynamics at play in the conflict between religious and sexual identity as well as the resources necessary to support students. Everyone who reads Beyond Surviving will be inspired to push for their communities to be more welcoming and inclusive for all.
Michael D. Young, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of California, Santa Barbara