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Wednesday, 31 August 2011 21:46

33 American Universities Are LGBT-Friendly

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It seems that more and more American Universities decided to take measures to take account of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders and to offer more safety.

According to the Campus Climate IndexCampus 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."



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