My name is Molly, and I am a summer 2023 Intern with Campus Pride.
When I applied to college in 2021, my top priority was to attend college on an inclusive campus. I’m originally from Lexington, Kentucky, and I take great pride in being from the South, but growing up queer in a conservative area, I knew that being surrounded by other LGBTQ+ people and allies would allow me to feel more comfortable throughout college. However, I had yet to learn how to search out these campuses or know that a school would be the right fit for me.
That’s when I stumbled across the Campus Pride Index. On Campus Pride’s website, I found a list of colleges committed to making welcoming, safe spaces for students like me. I also saw a list of campuses to avoid or be wary of, which allowed me to narrow my college search further. Using the Campus Pride Index, I was able to generate a list of colleges where I knew my identity would be respected.
In the midst of heightened LGBTQ+ violence and discrimination, safe spaces on campuses need to be protected and made accessible to college applicants. Through the help of Campus Pride, I now attend college on a progressive campus where I am able to express myself freely. I write for my school newspaper, and most recently, I helped draft our paper’s statement regarding the passage of statewide anti-trans legislation. I also conduct policy research within my college town about improving our community and making it safer for queer individuals.
After college, I plan to pursue a career in community development and urban planning, finding ways to build communities in ways that respect all identities.
I am so excited to work at Campus Pride this summer and help make college campuses a safe space for students. I know that the Campus Pride Index can help guarantee that future for other students, as well.