For the first time Campus Pride has released a Shame List of “The Absolute Worst Campuses for LGBTQ Youth” in the United States.
More than 102 schools are listed along with specific reasons on how the campus discriminates against LGBT students in their policies, practices and programs. Many of the schools listed have requested a religious-based exemption from Title IX which prohibits discrimination against LGBT students and faculty.
“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 and discrimination,” Shane Windmeyer, Executive Director of Campus Pride, said in a statement. “This lists uncovers the religion-based bigotry that is harmful and perpetuated against LGBTQ youth on these campuses.”
Brigham Young University, Fresno Pacific University, Liberty University, Trinity Baptist College and Wheaton College located in Wheaton, Ill. were among the institutions listed.
“Ultimately these campuses are dangerous for vulnerable LGBTQ youth and others. All families and youth deserve to know this information – and so do corporations who do business with these campuses – from those who hire and recruit, vendors who contract food service, sell books, make donations and in any other way provides goods or services to a college or university,” Windmeyer continued.
Campus Pride also recently released its 2016 “Best of the Best” list of the nation’s 30 most LGBT-inclusive colleges and universities. Local campus University of Maryland earned a spot on the list.
Check out the complete Shame List here.