Thanks to my friend and LGBT ally, Jennifer Carey for inspiring me to write this story. As LGBTQ people have to navigate with great care where they want to attend college, it is very important to know where one can look for a modicum of safety and hopefully embracing. This week, The Princeton Review just released the list of the most LGBTQ friendly colleges for 2014-2015. I must say this is a great resource for the LGBTQ community when looking at college choices.
Sadly, you must have a Princeton Review login to see their full report. The report was the result of 130,000 surveys from college students all over the United States.
The top five most LGBTQ friendly colleges in the US are:
1. Stanford University in California
2. Oberlin College in Ohio
3. Emerson College in Massachusetts
4. Smith College in Massachusetts
5. Warren Wilson College in North Carolina
While I am truly elated that there is a list of colleges and universities that are LGBTQ friendly, I also worry about those who cannot afford these institutions of higher learning. I would also love to have seen a more granular break down of demographics. How friendly are these schools for people of color in the LGBTQ community? How do these institutions address systemic homophobia, racism and misogyny? Finally, how do these institutions address economic justice? I do not diminish in any way the amazing, powerful implications for the LGBTQ community with this published list but I hope we know there is still so much more work yet to be done towards equity, Click here to see the rest of the story.