Tuesday, April 7, 2009

LGBT? In High School? New Resources for You!

Not long ago, if you were a gay high schooler starting your college search, you likely weighed all the criteria that you had about a prospective school: location, tuition, academic strength, athletics, campus life, etc. Now, thanks to the folks at the following publications, LGBT high school students can add a new criteria to the list: gay-friendliness. Yes, you heard right, there are now listings of how gay friendly a particular college or university is! You can find more information through the following publications:

The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students
The Princeton Review's The Best 368 Colleges
The Fiske Guide to Colleges

Colleges and universities are now conducting more outreach to the LGBT student population. One of the more prominent ways this has been done is through Campus Pride. The non-profit LGBT student leadership organization developed a Climate Index, which provides an avenue for colleges and students to connect directly with each other. Currently 185 colleges participate and over 35,000 students have logged on to request information about how gay-friendly a particular school is.

We are excited by this new niche being carved out for LGBT high school students and we hope that you pass this information along to your chapters. It would be a great piece to incorporate into your safe schools work; the more students who have access to this information, the better and more informed they can be when choosing a college.

-Erin Cranford Williams

1 comment:

Campus said...

Campus Pride appreciates the post from PFLAG about our Campus Climate Index. It is an exciting initiative that will be growing in the next year even further to support LGBT and ally youth. We also have begun (second year) hosting LGBT-Friendly College Fairs for prospective students. You can find the upcoming fair in San Diego under EVENTS at www.campuspride.org. Please know that if you ever need anything to let us know. We have a link to the PFLAG National Blog on our CampusPrideBlog.org.