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  • Campus Pride works to make college and university campuses safe for the LGBTQ+ community.
  • It annually releases a “Worst List” of colleges and universities deemed unsafe for LGBTQ+ students.
  • All of the schools that made the list this year are religiously affiliated.

A nonprofit organization has released its annual “Worst List” of colleges and universities deemed unsafe for LGBTQ+ students.

Campus Pride works to make college and university campuses safe for the LGBTQ+ community and created the list in 2015. In 2021, 50 new campuses were added to the list over the last year.

According to Campus Pride, the universities on the list “includes either of the following: 1) Received and/or applied for a Title IX exemption to discriminate against LGBTQ youth and/or 2) Demonstrated past history and track record of anti-LGBTQ actions, programs and practices.”

All of the schools that made the list this year are religiously affiliated, including Brigham Young University in Utah and Liberty University in Virginia.


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Campus Pride highlighted instances in which Liberty University reportedly placed students into conversion therapy and its ongoing affiliation with the anti-LGBTQ+ Liberty Counsel as evidence for its place on the list.

“These aren’t just bad campuses or the worst campuses — these campuses fundamentally are unsafe for LGBTQ students, and, as a result, they’re fundamentally unsafe for all students to go to,” Shane Windmeyer, founder and executive director of Campus Pride, told NBC News. “They promote an environment of hostility, of discrimination, harassment, toward a group of people, and who wants — when you’re trying to be educated — to have that type of negative learning environment?”

The full list of the 180 colleges and universities can be found here.


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Published on Oct 27, 2021