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Universities Host National Coming Out Events

Colleges and universities across the country hosted campus events Monday to celebrate National Coming Out Day. Since 1987, the annual awareness day has been...

Former Liberty University Diversity Director Sues School for Discrimination

Liberty University is facing a discrimination lawsuit from a former employee in the school's Office of Equity and Inclusion. LeeQuan McLaurin, who worked as an...

Education Department Defends Transgender Students Under Title IX Proctections

The U.S. Department of Education announced this week that Title IX protections, which prohibit sex-based discrimination, extend to transgender and other LGBTQ students. “We just...

Justice Department to Defend Anti-LGBTQ Policy at Religious Schools

In a 12-page court document filed on Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said it can “vigorously” defend a policy that allows private, federally funded...

Pentagon Continues Pride Flag Ban at U.S. Military Installations

The U.S. Department of Defense will not allow American military installations to display the Pride flag during the month of June. Pentagon Press Secretary John...

Student-Athletes Call on NCAA to Address Anti-Transgender Bills

A group of 50 transgender and non-binary current and former student-athletes wrote a letter of concern to NCAA leaders urging them to take a...

Bucknell University Launches Investigation into Attack on LGBTQ Student Community

Bucknell University officials announced they are investigating a recent incident of harassment against LGBTQ students on campus. In a letter to the campus community, officials...

Unique Social and Behavioral Research Centers Investigate Society’s Most Pressing Issues

Research in the fields of social and behavioral science can have tremendous influence on legislation, spark meaningful conversations, and ultimately lead to a more...

Advancing LGBTQ Rights and Celebrating Triumphs

While the fight for LGBTQ rights is far from over, there have been many victories in ensuring protections and equal rights for this population...

A Pandemic Can’t Stop Pride: Celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month During COVID-19

June 28, 2020, marked the 50th anniversary of New York City’s Pride March, the first official LGBTQ Pride celebration to be held in the...

Psychological Associations Demand LGBTQ Protections at Religious Colleges

Seventeen professional psychological associations recently issued a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Education demanding greater federal protections for LGBTQ students at federally...

New Study Reveals Pandemic’s Effects on LGBTQ College Students

While the COVID-19 pandemic caused numerous academic, emotional, and financial challenges for college students, a study released in May by the Williams Institute at...

Seattle Pacific University Faculty Vote No Confidence in Leadership for Upholding...

Seattle Pacific University (SPU) faculty cast a vote of “no confidence” in the school’s board of trustees after the board announced last week it...

NCAA to Pull Championship Games in States that Ban Transgender Athletes...

The NCAA's Board of Governors reaffirmed the association's 2016 non-discrimination policy by announcing Monday it will pull championship games from states that ban transgender women athletes...

Class-Action Lawsuit Claims Education Department Doesn’t Protect LGBTQ Students at Religious...

More than 30 college students filed a class-action lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education on Monday that argues the government should not provide...

LGBTQ Students Suffer Discrimination, Anxiety at Taxpayer-Funded Christian Colleges and Universities,...

A new survey shows that LGBTQ students at colleges and universities with explicit anti-LGBTQ policies face greater risks of sexual assault, anxiety, and disciplinary...

Mississippi Becomes First State to Ban Transgender Athletes from Competing in...

This week, Mississippi lawmakers passed legislation that bans transgender student-athletes from competing in women and girl's sports, making it the first state in the...

LGBTQ Population in the U.S. Larger Than Ever Before, Gallup Poll...

Americans are self-identifying as LGBTQ more than ever before, according to a new Gallup poll released on Wednesday. New data shows that 5.6 percent of adults...

International Transgender Day of Visibility Will Be Held on March 31

March 31, 2021, will mark the 12th annual International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV). The event celebrates the resilience and success of transgender and...

Spelman College to Launch First-Ever HBCU Queer Studies Chair in Honor...

Writer, poet, LGBTQ, and civil rights activist Audre Lorde dedicated her life’s work to fighting for social justice. Now she will be the namesake...

Keith Haring Fellowship Offers LGBTQ Health Care Training

Special Report: Nursing and Pharmacy Schools Nursing and pharmacy students step up to combat COVID-19 and prepare the nation for a healthier tomorrow. A groundbreaking...

Universities Offer Mental Health Support to Vulnerable Student Populations During the...

When colleges and universities closed their doors last spring amid rising COVID-19 cases, many vulnerable student populations were left without critical campus resources. Being unable...

Kansas State University Annual Drag Show Highlights Diversity, Equity, and Community...

For more than a decade, Kansas State University (K-State) has held a yearly drag show sponsored by the Student Governing Association, K-State Union Program...

Innovative Campus Resources and Outside Organizations Offer Unique Forms of LGBTQ...

On June 16, 2020, in a historic decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act upholds the protection of...

LGBTQ Pride Month: Honoring LGBTQ and Ally Activists Who Led the...

As health and government officials across the world work to manage the COVID-19 crisis, some liken the increased impact of the pandemic on the...

While Supreme Court Weighs LGBTQ Equality, Some States Are Ahead on...

The United States Supreme Court is currently in the process of deciding whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 — which...

UC Berkeley Students Create a Class for ‘Coming Out’

It wasn’t until Ryan Kamkar, a public health major at University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), first moved away to college that he felt...

LGBTQ Community and Allies Urged to Stay ‘Visible and Vigilant’ as...

Friday, June 28 marks the 50thanniversary of the start of the Stonewall riots, a watershed moment in the fight for LGBTQ civil rights. As...

Girls Track Team Members File Title IX Complaint, Say Transgender Athletes...

Three members of a girls high school track team in Connecticut have filed a federal civil rights complaint against a state policy allowing transgender...

LGBTQ Pride Month Scholarships

LGBTQ students face more financial difficulties than their straight and cisgender peers. Reasons may include lack of familial support, fear of being discriminated against...

Professional Journalists Share Their Advice for Success

INSIGHT Into Diversity invited journalists from across the news industry to share advice and write about their experiences as underrepresented storytellers in the field....

HRC Publishes Largest Study to Date on Experiences of Black LGBTQ...

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has released a new report detailing the experiences of LGBTQ African American teenagers, providing critical insight for educators and youth...

Clemson University Goes the Extra Mile for Marginalized Students

Diversity Champions exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities, across academic programs, and at the highest administrative levels. INSIGHT...

Supreme Court Allows Transgender Military Ban to Go into Effect

The U.S. Supreme Court declared on Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s proposed ban on transgender service members shall go into effect, at least for...

Gender-Inclusive Housing Promotes Safe, welcoming Campus for All Students

When Elliott Hobaugh applied to the University of Montana (UM), he was concerned about where to live on campus. As a transgender man, he...

Building Success

Schools design inclusive spaces where students can find support, fellowship Too often, campus spaces are designed without specific groups or identities in mind. Yet considering...

Fluid Admissions: Women’s Colleges Adjust Admissions Policies to Be More Inclusive...

Although co-ed colleges and universities are evaluating their policies to ensure that admissions practices do not discriminate against transgender and gender-nonconforming students, the challenge...

TOEING THE LINE: Christian Colleges Send Mixed Signals to LGBTQ+ Students

According to a 2014 study by the Pew Research Center, 49 percent of Christian millennials believe that LGBTQ+ identities should be accepted — an...

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s Retirement Has Major Implications for Equal Rights...

On June 27, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced plans to retire later this summer. Appointed by Ronald Reagan, Kennedy is a...

Law Schools Update Curriculum to Reflect Emerging LGBTQ Issues

When Nima Eshghi, JD, chose Northeastern University School of Law to pursue her legal degree, she did so knowing that the school was recognized...

LGBTQ Pride Month

In honor of LGBTQ Pride Month, INSIGHT Into Diversity recognizes six activists who have advanced equality for the LGBTQ community.  A self-described “black lesbian mother...

Kent State Maintains Broad Network of Support for Students

As a public research university with seven regional campuses in Northeast Ohio and a student enrollment of more than 40,000, Kent State University has...

Invisible Dimensions of Diversity

All of us have visible and invisible dimensions of diversity. I am mindful of this in my duties and responsibilities as a chief diversity...

Training Medical Students to Meet Transgender Healthcare Needs

The healthcare needs of people with diverse backgrounds, gender identities, and ages may differ, but every individual requires access to the same basic services,...

Three Universities Create Distinctive Programming to Support Diverse Student Populations

Across the U.S., institutions of higher education must work to allocate resources and provide services to meet the evolving needs of their student populations....

Schools Address Need for Increased Focus on LGBTQ Community in Public...

America’s LGBTQ population faces a multitude of increased health risks compared with their heterosexual and cis-gendered peers. Experts point to systemic inequality and discrimination...

Striving to Be a More LGBTQIA-Inclusive Campus

Whether you are just now learning what each of the letters in LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual) means, or you...

Health Professions Schools Evolve to Educate and Serve Increasingly Diverse Communities

By 2055, the U.S. will not have a single racial or ethnic majority, according to the Pew Research Center. Perhaps nowhere else is this...

Medical Schools Make Strides to Improve Inclusion of, Advocacy for LGBTQ...

“It’s hard to know who you can trust.”  Those are the words of a 26-year-old gay student at a U.S medical school who participated in a...

Rick Perry Questions Validity of Texas A&M’s Election of First Openly...

The feelings of pride that accompanied the election of the first openly gay student body president at Texas A&M University this week quickly morphed...

Kennesaw State Develops Successful Students Via Exposure to Diverse Cultures

Diversity Champions exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities, across academic programs, and at the highest administrative levels. INSIGHT Into...

LGBTQ Resource Guide Helps Pharmacies Provide Inclusive Care

This past summer, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in partnership with Walgreens released a resource guide to help the company’s 70,000 pharmacists and pharmacy...

University of Central Florida Prepares Students for Success Via Access and...

Diversity Champions exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities, across academic programs, and at the highest administrative levels. INSIGHT Into...

In the Name of Progress: The Potential Implications of a Trump...

If the election of Donald Trump as our next president has done nothing else, it has left the nation with more questions than answers....

Trans Students Welcome: Is Your University Truly Inclusive?

“We want you, you belong here, we’re ready for you.”  This was not the message Brian Buford received when he came out as a graduate...

K-12 School Districts Work to Improve Inclusion Through Teacher Training

Diversity and inclusion have long been recognized as critical in higher education, and within the past 10 years, many K-12 schools have also increased...

Research Aims to Improve Experiences of Marginalized Groups

As the national conversation on race and diversity continues to expand and diverge, colleges and universities are beginning to support scholarship in these areas...

Congress Experiences Increase in Minority Women, Decrease in LGBTQ Lawmakers

Results from the 2016 election brought good news for diversity and inclusion advocates on Wednesday: The 115th Congress will be more diverse than ever...

Supporting Diversity Practitioners in Difficult Times

The spring of 2016 was an incredibly difficult time to be an LGBTQ center director in North Carolina. The season began with the passage...

Finding Your Campus Roadmap for LGBT Progress

“We don’t have any of those students.”  The privilege and ignorance of this statement are dumbfounding. The notion that specific groups of young people —...

Judge Blocks Federal Action on Transgender Students’ Bathroom Access, Appeal Expected

On Sunday, a federal judge prevented the Obama administration from imposing a mandate requiring all public schools to offer students the choice of which...

California Bill Aimed at Protecting LGBTQ Students at Religious Colleges Loses...

The author of a controversial bill meant to protect the rights of LGBTQ college students agreed Wednesday to remove a key provision of the...

Pentagon Removes Ban on Open Transgender Military Service

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced Thursday that transgender men and women will now be allowed to serve openly in the military. “This is...

NADOHE Expresses Support, Concern for LGBTQ and Muslim Communities After Orlando...

Reacting to news of the attack at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher...

Words Matter: Affirming Gender Identity Through Language

The language of transgender identity is constantly evolving as more people embrace gender classifications that fall outside the traditional male-female binary. With such rapidly...

The Path Forward: LGBT Retention and Academic Success

The world is changing. That fact is a constant in life. Institutions of higher education need to constantly be evolving as a result, listening...

UNC Responds to Statewide Anti-LGBTQ Legislation

Public institutions in North Carolina are grappling with a recently passed law that requires people to use public restrooms and locker rooms that match...

NADOHE, Higher Education Organizations Announce Opposition to “Religious Freedom” Laws

In reaction to a string of recently approved and proposed “religious freedom” bills by legislatures in a handful of southern states, the National Association...

Three University Employees Sue North Carolina Over Anti-LGBTQ Law

North Carolina last week passed sweeping anti-LGBTQ legislation that includes a ban on transgender people accessing public bathrooms and locker rooms that do not...

Georgia Governor Vetoes Anti-LGBTQ Bill After Intense Criticism

Under pressure from both LGBTQ organizations and local corporations, on Monday, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced his decision to veto a bill that many...

The Power of Sports

New Program Aims to Transform  Athletes into LGBTQ Allies Although society is becoming more accepting of the LGBTQ community, some negative attitudes still linger. In...

Report Examines How LGBTQ Students of Color Identify

Increasingly, the acceptance of LGBTQ people has become more mainstream, but the same has not always been true of LGBTQ people of color, according...

20 Years of Leadership: LGBTQ Student Group Celebrates Anniversary at Loyola...

Catholicism has not traditionally been seen as a home for the LGBTQ community. Even after considering Pope Francis’ more progressive views in recent years,...

Empowering Social Justice

Raymond E. Crossman, co-chair of LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education and president of Adler University, emphasizes community and inspires others   During his 12-year tenure at Adler...

6 Ways to Support LGBTQ Students During the First-Year Experience

I was born and raised in a rural town in Kansas and went to a small liberal arts college. Although I never realized until I...

Princeton Football Player Comes Out as Gay

An offensive lineman for Princeton University’s football team came out as gay this week, making him the only openly gay player in Division I...

Campus Pride Announces Top 25 LGBTQ-Friendly Schools of 2015

Today, Campus Pride released its annual list of Top 25 LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges and Universities of 2015. This year’s list is based on responses to...

Colleges Consider New Policies in Light of Supreme Court Ruling on...

Many colleges and universities are compliant with the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the nation, but religiously affiliated colleges that...

Same-Sex Marriage Ban Illegal, Supreme Court Rules

In a landmark decision Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of same-sex marriage, making the United States the 21st country to...

College Students Less Religious, More Supportive of Same-Sex Marriage, Study Shows

A growing number of U.S. college students show no religious preference, according to a 2014 survey conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles’...

6 Key Actions to Improve Institutions’ LGBTQ Commitment and Academic Success

Most colleges today want to be recognized as LGBTQ-friendly. The question then becomes, what are they doing that makes them worthy of this recognition. These...

Louisville School of Medicine Tackles LGBT Health Disparity with Competency Training

Photos courtesy of Tom Fougerousse and University of Louisville At the University of Louisville School of Medicine, preparing students to provide the best quality care...

Top 10 Factors LGBTQ Youth Look for in Choosing a College...

  Today, more out lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth are looking for the best match in a college. These students and their families...

New Guidelines for Healthcare Workers and Forum Aim to Improve LGBTQ Care

Confusion and misunder-standing between patient and healthcare provider have long created a barrier for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community...