“Gay-friendly” colleges

By , September 29, 2010 1:49 pm

Seems like LGBT issues and school is the thing to write about! An article from Boston claims Even Those ’Gay-Friendly’ Colleges Aren’t Really:

The 2010 State of Higher Education for LGBT People reports on the experiences of nearly 6,000 students, faculty, staff and administrators in all 50 states. It shows significant harassment of students and a lack of safety and inclusiveness, even among those supposedly “welcoming” institutions.

The article goes on to discuss the stats generated from these reports, including the high number of LGB and T folks experiencing harassment. LGB and T is counted separately, which I think is a good thing: it highlights how being trans places people at an even higher risk of harassment than being lesbian, gay, or bi.

I wasn’t particularly ‘out’ at college, and only began taking hormones shortly before I graduated. As such, I (fortunately!) don’t have much personal experience on being harassed while at school. Or, indeed, much at all. (Again, fortunately.) I’d like to say that Northwestern would have been a great community in which to transition, but I guess I’ll never know.

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