Happy Pride! The 25 Best Schools for LGBT Students

Cities around the world are celebrating Pride this weekend, though the LGBT community has had plenty to be proud of year-round. There are 19 states with legal gay marriage as of now, and the fight for marriage for all still wages on. Being gay is something that isn’t as shrouded in shame as it was before – remember the mass wedding at the Grammys, and when Michael Sam came out and eventually became the first openly-gay NFL player? Although we’re supposedly living in a progressive, forward-thinking society, the battle for equality is far from over – Independent UK says that gay youths are four times more likely to commit suicide, and anti-gay hate crimes are still a very real problem. This weekend brings awareness to all of the above while allowing gay couples friends and families and families to be open and celebrate in their skin.
Earlier this year, Buzzfeed published a list of the most LGBT-friendly colleges and universities based on research and eight important factors from Campus Pride. Policy inclusion, support and institutional commitment, academic life, student life, housing and resident life, campus safety, counseling and health as well as recruitment and retention efforts. It’s nice to see that these schools span most of the country (though none are in the South) and that institutions of higher education have an inclusive versus exclusive point of view. Is your school on the list? Should it be? Let us know!
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1. Southern Oregon University (Ashland, Ore.)
2. University of Southern California (Los Angeles)
3. Ithaca College (Ithaca, N.Y.)
4. University of Illinois at Chicago
5. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
6. University of Washington (Seattle)
7. University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (Minneapolis)
8. University of Maryland, College Park
9. Washington State University (Pullman, Wash.)
10. Carleton College (Northfield, Minn.)
11. Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio)
12. Connecticut College (New London, Conn.)
13. Macalester College (Saint Paul, Minn.)
14. Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio)
15. Stanford University (Stanford, Calif.)
16. Princeton University (Princeton, N.J.)
17. The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio)
18. University of California, Riverside (Riverside, Calif.)
19. University of California, Santa Cruz
20. University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
21. University of Minnesota — Duluth
22. University of Oregon (Eugene, Ore.)
23. University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)
24. Rutgers University (New Brunswick, N.J.)
25. Portland State University (Portland, Ore.)

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