Campus Pride released its 2016 “Shame List” highlighting for the first time a national list of “The Absolute Worst Campuses for LGBTQ Youth.” The national listing includes 102 campuses that openly discriminate against LGBTQ youth in policies, programs & practices as documented on the site listing. Shane Windmeyer, Executive Director of Campus Pride stated, “Most people are shocked when they learn that there are college campuses still today that openly discriminate against LGBTQ youth. It is an unspoken secret in higher education, how they use religion as a tool for cowardice & discrimination. This lists uncovers the religion-based bigotry that is harmful & perpetuated against LGBTQ youth on these campuses. Ultimately these campuses are dangerous for vulnerable LGBTQ youth & others. All families & youth deserve to know this information & so do corporations who do business with these campuses from those who hire & recruit, vendors who contract food service, sell books, make donations & in any other way provides goods or services to a college or university.” Since then the United States Department of Education has published online the letters of campuses related to Title IX exemptions, Campus Pride spent the last six months compiling a database & researching all public records related to anti-LGBTQ policies, programs & practices at these campuses. The criterion to be the “absolute worst” campus includes either of the following: 1) Received & or applied for a Title IX exemption to discriminate against LGBTQ youth &/or 2) Demonstrated past history & track record of anti-LGBTQ actions, programs & practices. This is the first time Campus Pride has released a listing of the worst anti-LGBTQ campuses across the country. Every year Campus Pride releases a “Best of the Best” listing highlighting college campuses with the most inclusive LGBTQ-friendly policies, programs & practices.
For Info & List: campuspride.org
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