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.

Disability Rights Activism for Student Leaders


  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”


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


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


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 […]