Victoria Joy Bacon
Victoria Joy Bacon lives in Rowlett, TX. They identify as queer and as a gender fluid, nonbinary, trans womxn.
They graduated from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN in December 2020. They felt unsafe on campus from the first day they moved in. Over the course of their education, school officials they met with often said transphobic and homophobic things and exhibited little respect for LGBTQ+ students. “I felt like none of the administrators who had the power to make things safe for me were actually safe for me to turn to about the harassment and discrimination I experienced on campus.”
Victoria’s attempts to organize an LGBTQ+ student group on campus was rejected, and they and their classmates endured many anti-LGBTQ+ lectures and statements from faculty. When they were sexually assaulted, they felt they could not report the assault. Victoria has heard from students who have been encouraged to participate in conversion therapy, hold off on medical transition, or delay engagements or marriages to people of the same sex.
Victoria is raising their voice to protect all LGBTQ+ students at Lipscomb University and religiously affiliated colleges across the country.
At many religious schools, colleges, and universities, LGBTQIA+ and other marginalized students suffer discrimination, abuse, isolation, and hardship. If this describes you, you are not alone. We are in this together.
REAP fights for the safety, bodily autonomy, justice, and human rights of LGBTQIA+ and other communities marginalized at many predominantly white, taxpayer-funded religious schools and colleges. Using campus organizing, storytelling through podcasting, documentary film, and speaking and preaching on campuses throughout the country, REAP empowers students, faculty, staff and alumni at these institutions to advocate for human rights, while shining a light on the dangers and abuses of a major educational pipeline of white Christian Supremacy.