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