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.

Overcoming with Good

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Written by Darren McDonald, Safety Net How would you respond if a hate note like this was posted on your door? Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good  (Romans 12:21) How do we respond when we encounter discrimination and violence?  How can we confront dehumanizing systems of oppression with our humanity […]

BACK TO CAMPUS: Campus Pride’s 2014 Top 50 LGBT-Friendly Colleges & Universities

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Top 50 listing features the “Best of the Best;” Number of top-rated schools increases to 50, based on growing progress in creating LGBT-friendly campuses (Friday, August 15, 2014) Campus Pride announced today the annual Campus Pride 2014 Top 50 LGBT-Friendly Colleges & Universities. The listing highlights the positive efforts to improve safety and academic life for […]

Resources to Help Create a Safe Zone Training

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by Andrew Salman, 2014 Campus Pride Summer Fellow, Western Kentucky University Safe Zone Training (also often referred to as Safe Space) can be an important first step and ongoing process toward improving campus climate for LGBTQ students.  Safe Zone Trainings help teach faculty, staff, and sometimes student leaders how to create safe spaces and how […]

How to Obtain a FAFSA Dependency Override for LGBTQ College Students

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by Andrew Salman, 2014 Campus Pride Summer Fellow, Western Kentucky University The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a mandatory document for college students who wish to receive student aid (including Pell Grants, student loans, and federal work-study).  One of the considerations taken by the FAFSA is whether a student is dependent on […]

Implications of Quantifying Sexual Orientation during the Admissions Process

Figure 1. Identifying LGBT Applicants: Elmhurst College and the University of Iowa. Adapted from (a) “Elmhurst College: Application for Admission,” 2012, retrieved from http://media.elmhurst.edu/documents/Elmhurst_Application_2012.pdf ; and (b) “University of Iowa Will Ask Applicants if They Identify with Gay Community,” by E. Hoover, 2012, Chronicle of Higher Education, 59(17), p. 11.

In 2011 Elmhurst College created big waves in higher education waters by simply adding one question to their university application: “Would you consider yourself a member of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community?” At that time Shane Windmeyer, Campus Pride executive director, commended Elmhurst. “The move by Elmhurst administrators to include this question represents […]

An Introduction to Bisexual* and Non-Monosexual Identities and Resource Guide

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Bi* Identities Resources and Introduction by Isabel Williams, College of Charleston Introduction: The purpose of this page is to provide an introduction to understanding bisexual, pansexual, and fluid identities and to list resources that could be of use to people in those communities as well as family, friends, and partners. For those who identify as […]

Transgender Allyship and Advocacy

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  The transgender community is one of the most underrepresented, misinterpreted, and misunderstood facets of the LGBTQIA community- as such, in our society we/they face unprecedented rates of violence, higher risks of homelessness and drug addiction, and extremely high rates of self-inflicted violence. Historically, trans people, specifically trans women of color, founded the queer liberation […]

Introduction to Asexual Identities & Resource Guide

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ACE: Asexual Identities and Resource Guide  by Isabel Williams, College of Charleston Introduction:  The Asexual, or “Ace”, community may be statistically small but has a growing presence through online fellowship. In an effort to combat erasure and discrimination from without and within the LGBTQIA community, asexual people or “aces” have a rich culture of symbology and […]

Disability Rights Activism for Student Leaders

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  The disability community is the only minority group one can enter at anytime. For example, you might get into a car accident tomorrow and become disabled. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1 in 5 people have a disability, which means that 1 in 5 LGBTQ people have a disability so it […]

Exposing the harm of “ex-gay ministries” and “conversion therapy”

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The three main points you should know and a resource guide for further study  by Isabel Williams, College of Charleston  “Ex-gay minsitries”,”reparative therapy”, “conversion therapy”, or “sexual reorientation therapy” describes practices of individuals or groups that claim to offer “treatment” for LGBT identities and attempt to literally change them to hetero-normative and cis-gender identities. Once, […]

Tips for creating an LGBTQ and Ally student group on your campus

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Ready to start an LGBTQ and Ally student organization on campus? Start with these tips by Isabel Williams, College of Charleston LGBTQ and Ally student groups can serve a very important function on campus and in the lives of students. The philosophy and purpose of such a group can take many forms, but most serve as […]

How to Plan your Lavender or Rainbow Graduation

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Graduation is a Time of Tradition, Ceremony and Celebration by Isabel Williams, College of Charleston It can be an especially important time for communities to acknowledge a transitional moment in the lives of student leaders within their ranks. Campus Pride is passionate about the idea that institutions of higher learning (IHE’s) have the potential to […]

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

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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

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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

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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

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  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 […]

How to be an Ally to Queer People of Color (QPOC): A List by the Camp Pride 2013 QPOC Caucus

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A few words before we begin:   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 […]