Campus Pride Resources

Activism and Advocacy

TAKE ACTION: Campus Pride encourages activism and individual growth to become a more effective student leader and change agent on campus. Figure out the issues that impact your campus and then create an action plan to get positive results. These resources connect students and share various LGBTQ concerns across the country in activism and advocacy.

A Student Leader Look Inside: Queer Coalition Building with Communities of Color


Shrinking budgets have made coalition building (or co-sponsorships) even more important than ever before. Multicultural student groups tend to be among the most underfunded. Financial concerns are among the most logical reasons for building coalitions (or allies) across, in this case, racial identities. Coalition building provides opportunities to present examples of unity and celebrate intersectionality. […]

Campus Pride’s 2013 Top 25 LGBT-Friendly Colleges & Universities

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Over 380+ colleges with 53 colleges achieving 5 stars overall, the highest number to date  (Tuesday, August 20, 2013) Campus Pride in collaboration with Huffington Post announced today Campus Pride’s 2013 Top 25 LGBT-Friendly Colleges & Universities. The listing highlights the positive work being done in higher education for LGBT students and those campuses who are out […]

BACK TO CAMPUS: 6 Best Practices to a Trans-Friendly Campus


Reprinted with permission. The Advocate, August 13, 2014 Just a few steps would make any campus a more welcoming place. by Genny Beemyn Let’s face it: most colleges and universities do not do enough to support trans students. To their credit, more than 620 colleges have added “gender identity or expression” to their nondiscrimination policies. […]

Being An Ally to Queer People of Color

  There are so many facets to the LGBTQ community. In order to be able to truly support the LGBTQ community in its entirety, it is our responsibility to ensure we are able to see the breadth of diversity that exists within this label in regards to race and ethnicity, in regards to class, in […]

How To Be An LGBT Ally


Ally is Not an Identity  Being an ally is more than standing up for a community even when they’re not around. Things to Do  Acknowledge that “ally” is not an identity. Check your privilege at all times. Do not assume the sexual orientation or gender identity of another person. Speak out against offensive statements or […]

The Coming Out Process

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Tips for Coming Out  Say What You Want To Say. Think about the right way to communicate how you identify and what you are feeling. This is your moment to express yourself openly and honestly, so take as much time as you need. Find Support. When deciding who to tell and what to say when you come out, find […]

Creating Change In Our Community


  Help make places “Safe Zones.” Signal to LGBT youth and adults that you’ve got their backs, and help people feel safer and more comfortable being themselves.  Use LGBT-inclusive language and display LGBT-friendly materials such as books, pamphlets, or stickers. If you see something, say something. Confront anti-LGBT remarks, including slights and slurs that you overhear. Let people know […]

2012 Top 25 LGBT-Friendly Colleges & Universities as Ranked by the Campus Pride Index

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Reprinted with permission from The Huffington Post (2012) Stanford University, Minnesota’s Carleton College and Georgia’s Emory University may all be vastly different institutions in terms of size of their student body and variety of degree programs offered. Yet all three have been named to Campus Pride’s 2012 list of the top 25 most LGBT-friendly colleges […]



When Blake was turned away from donating blood for his friend Emmy (who has sickle cell anemia) because he is gay, he decided to do something about it.  At first thought the FDA’s policy that bans gay men from donating blood appears to discriminate against a small minority of citizens.  In reality it affects not just […]

Reaching Out to LGBT Youth through College Admissions

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by W. Houston Dougharty   THE VIBE ONE gets from a college is critical. One of the most important places where that vibe is felt is the admissions office – the publications they produce, the staff that represent the campus, the opportunities they provide for incoming prospective students. Now more than ever, as the first […]

8 Steps to Improve Campus Housing for LGBT Students


by Karen M. Williamsen-Garvey and Steve Wisener   WHERE ONE LIVES is among the biggest areas of concern for LGBT college and university students. The basic need for safety and security in student housing is particularly intense for LGBT students. Because of the vast diversity in the LGBT student community, it can be tricky for […]

Advice For Campus Officials To Improve LGBT Efforts


10 Academic Strategies for a More Inclusive LGBT Classroom by Saralyn Chesnut, Ph.D., and Angela C. Nichols M.S., Ed. Often when considering options to improve a campus climate for LGBT students, the focus is on what happens outside the classroom-having active LGBT student organizations, making sure residence halls and public spaces are safe and welcoming, […]

Thriving as an LGBT Student of Color at Your Chosen College or University


By Andrea “Dre” Domingue and Gwendolyn Alden Dean   TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF While creating an inclusive campus community is vital to the success of LGBT students of color, you do not need to hold the burden on your shoulders. Usually only a few individuals, typically LGBT students of color themselves, take responsibility for […]

Looking at the Bible with New Eyes


How do Christians proclaim the love of God in Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit today? “Biblical Sexuality and Gender” by The Rev. Dr. Jay Emerson Johnson poses many questions in his thoughtful look at the most common verses used to oppose LGBT people. Genesis 19:1-13 Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 Romans 1:26-27 […]

The Importance of Safe Zone

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I think that there are two reasons to have a Safe Zone program on a college or university campus: (1) LGBT students need to know who on campus is safe and supportive, and (2) Allies need a way of showing others that they are safe and supportive. Being a LGBT or queer student, or someone […]

Starting a LGBT Resource Center


  Having a LGBT Center at your college or university can be one of the best things that can happen for the community at your school.  This was definitely the case at the University of Southern Maine. Having a LGBT and Ally Resources Program increased the visibility of the queer community on campus, provided more […]

Social vs. Activism

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Some LGBT and Ally student organizations focus on providing social opportunities to students, while others have a more activist agenda. Is it better to be a social group, or an activist group? Can you be both? How do you balance the two? Can you have more than one group on campus, one social and one […]

How LGBT student leaders can expose the lies and extremism of the National Organization for Marriage

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As the National Organization for Marriage’s efforts against marriage equality in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington heat up, students are called to educate peers and lead the struggle for inclusive communities and campuses. It is no secret that the National Organization for Marriage is working against gay marriage in battleground states across the country. However, […]

Strategies for the Red Cross Blood Drive


Blood Drives are popular service projects on campuses nationwide. However, an FDA policy excludes gay men from donating blood. How is a campus to deal with the discriminatory impact of such events? Much like military recruitment before the end of DADT, blood drives strike a nerve on campuses that include sexual orientation in their non-discrimination […]

How to Handle Hate Preachers on Campus


Hate preachers thrive on attention and publicity. They use provocative language in an attempt to ‘hook’ people. They frequently press charges and fund their homophobic campaigns by winning lawsuits. Some effective strategies that others have used include: Ignore the haters completely. Do not give them any media attention. Do NOT touch any of the haters. […]