According to the Campus Climate Index, which studies attentively LGBT-friendly policies, programs and practices of the campus and which then evaluate them from 1 to 5 stars, this year these are 33 schools which received 5 stars, wich is the double of the last year.
These schools obtained great results in :
LGBT Policy Inclusion, LGBT Support & Institutional Commitment, LGBT Academic Life, LGBT Student Life, LGBT Housing, LGBT Campus Safety, LGBT Counseling & Health and LGBT Recruitment and Retention Efforts.
These 33 universities are the following ones:
American University, Amherst College
Carleton College, Dartmouth College
Emory University, Humboldt State University
Indiana University, Ithaca College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Maine
Oberlin College, Oregon State University
Princeton University, San Diego State University
Southern Oregon University, Stanford University
Syracuse University, The Ohio State University
The Pennsylvania State University, University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Riverside
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz
Farmington University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Michigan, University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California
University of Vermont, University of Washington
Washington University in St. Louis, Whitman College
"Campus Pride's Index is the only one of its kind," says Campus Pride Executive Director Shane Windmeyer. "Unlike other commercially-driven rankings, our ratings are done for and by LGBT people and set in a foundation of solid research practice."
Of course, it is only a beginning because there is still much of universities which do not take into account their LGBT students. 13% of them only include sexual orientation in their non-discrimination policies and 6% include gender identity protections .
"According to our national research, more than a third of transgender and 13 percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual students, faculty and staff fear for their physical safety on campuses across the United States," Windmeyer says. "As a result, more than a third of some of these students and faculty have seriously considered leaving their school. We must do better."