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THIS WEEK: National Webinar & Capitol Hill Briefing – 2010 State of Higher Education for LGBT People

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
National Webinar
Time: Noon & 3 PM EST Zone
Register online at www.campuspride.org/webinarseries.asp

Thursday, September 23, 2010
Capitol Hill Briefing
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Place: Capitol Visitor Center, Room 215
United States Capitol
E Capitol NE & 1st St NW
Washington, DC 20001
Open to General Public

Washington, DC – This Tuesday, Campus Pride presents a special, live webinar to discuss it’s groundbreaking new report, “The 2010 State of Higher Education for LGBT People,” to be released publicly this week at a U.S. Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill.  Then on Thursday, Campus Pride joins Campus Progress and the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus in a briefing to share the outcomes of the new report and discuss the policy recommendations contained therein.

The report, authored by Campus Pride’s Q Research Institute for Higher Education (Rankin, Blumenfeld, Weber & Frazer), gathers data on the experiences of over 5,000 respondents, uncovering the persistent harassment and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students, faculty, and staff on college campuses across the United States, and pointing to the need for more inclusive campus policies, programs and practices. At the briefing, a panel of academics, national leaders, and students will discuss the findings of the report and offer national policy solutions to address these critical findings.

Read the executive summary online at CampusPride.org.

Some key report findings:

  • One quarter (23%) of LGBQ staff, faculty, and students reported experiencing harassment (defined as any conduct that has interfered with your ability to work or learn). Almost all identified sexual identity as the basis of the harassment (83%).  An even greater percentage of transgender students, faculty, & staff reported experiencing harassment (39%) with 87% identifying their gender identity/expression as the basis for the harassment. The form of the harassment experiences by transgender people was more overt and blatant.
  • One-third of LGBQ (33%) and transgender (38%) students, faculty, and staff have seriously considered leaving their institution due to the challenging climate.
  • More than half of all faculty, students, & staff hide their sexual identity (43%) or gender identity (63%) to avoid intimidation.
  • More than a third of all transgender students, faculty, & staff (43%) and 13% of LGBQ respondents feared for their physical safety. This finding was more salient for LGBQ students and for LGBQ and/or Transgender People ofColor.

Capitol Hill Briefing speakers include: Shane L. Windmeyer, Executive Director/Founder, Campus Pride; Angela Peoples, Policy and Advocacy Manager, Campus Progress; Sue Rankin (Lead Researcher), Associate Professor, College Student Affairs and Higher Education, Pennsylvania State University; and Dr. John H. Oberg, Policy Advisor to the Undersecretary of Education, Department of Education

Members of the press must RSVP to attend this event. To RSVP, please contact Katie Andriulli at kandriulli@americanprogress.org or 202-481-8238.

To receive information on the report or speak to experts, please contact Campus Pride at info@campuspride.org or (704) 277-6710.

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Campus Pride is the leading national nonprofit organization 501(c)(3) for student leaders and campus organizations working to create safer, more LGBT-friendly colleges and universities. It exists to give “voice and action” in building future LGBT and ally leaders. Campus Pride coalition partners include: ACPA-College Student Educators International, Campuspeak, Campus Progress, Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, Gamma Mu Foundation, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Human Rights Campaign, Matthew Shepard Foundation, NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, National Gay& Lesbian Task Force, National Youth Advocacy Coalition and Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold, LLP. Learn more at Campuspride.org.