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Bard’s Innovative LGBTQ+ Studies Program Prepares Future Leaders

As legislative attacks continue to threaten the rights and protections of LGBTQ+ students, an innovative new program at Bard College at Simon’s Rock aims...

Rice University LGBTQ+ Organization Offers Services to Texas Students Affected by...

As Texas colleges grapple with a new law that bans DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) in higher education, Rice University's LGBTQ+ organization is offering...

Campus Pride Removes Florida, Texas Colleges from List of LGBTQ-Friendly Schools

Due to new anti-LGBTQ+ state laws, the nonprofit Campus Pride excluded four public colleges in Florida and Texas from its 2023 list of the...

Florida College Staff Face Strict Penalties for Violating Transgender Bathroom Policies

The Florida State Board of Education recently voted to enact stricter penalties for transgender students and employees at state colleges who violate a law...

Latino-LGBTQ+ Experiences Take Center Stage in Music Workshop

Theater professionals, students, and faculty from several organizations are working behind the scenes to bring the intersection of Latino and LGBTQ+ experiences into the...

Rallying Campus Allies

Amid Relentless Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislative Resistance, Universities Must Do More to Support Their Campus Communities State lawmakers are introducing and passing a multitude of harmful legislative...

Point Foundation Increases Support as LGBTQ+ Scholarship Applications Continue to Rise

Since its inception 21 years ago, the Point Foundation has become the largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ+ college students in the country. In the...

Op-Ed: Pride, History Propel LGBTQ+ Rights Forward

I was four years old in June 1969 when young queers, drag queens, and transgender activists stood up to a cultural infrastructure deeply rooted...

ALOK Named Inaugural Scholar in Residence at UPenn LGBT Center

Alok Vaid-Menon, a renowned gender-nonconforming, transfeminine writer and multimedia artist, will serve as the inaugural Scholar in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania’s (UPenn)...

Resource Hub Sees Spike in Demand as Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation Grows

Because of an intensified anti-LGBTQ+ political climate, the nonprofit organization and website platform InReach, which connects LGBTQ+ individuals to safe, verified resources such as...

Common App Adds Gender Option

The Common Application, a nonprofit organization and an online resource that allows students to apply to more than 1,000 higher education institutions using just...

Boston University Launches LGBTQ+ Center

Boston University (BU) recently announced it will open a campus resource center for LGBTQ+ students. The new center, tentatively named the LGBTQIA+ Student Resource Center,...

Florida Christian College Faces Backlash for Canceling Event Over “Lifestyle Concerns”

Pensacola Christian College (PCC), a private Baptist institution in Fla., is facing criticism from LGBTQ+ advocates after canceling a scheduled performance by a British...

UPenn’s ‘Eidos’ Project Tackles LGBTQ+ Health Inequity, Discrimination

All too often, LGBTQ+ people experience discrimination, stigma, and prejudice when seeking and receiving health care, but a new project called the Eidos LGBTQ+...

South Dakota Regents Create Policy to “Protect Minors” After Campus Drag...

The South Dakota Board of Regents, which oversees the state’s six public universities, recently voted to establish a new policy “to enhance the protection...

Illinois State Condemns Vandalism Containing Derogatory Slurs Against LGBTQ+ Community

Illinois State University’s (ISU) Dean of Students and campus Pride organization banded together earlier this week to condemn a university fraternity’s act of vandalism...

LGBTQ+ History Month

LGBTQ+ History Month, held in October, presents an important opportunity for individuals to honor milestones in LGBTQ+ rights and equality. The anniversaries of the...

Students, Staff Sue Seattle Pacific University Trustees Over Anti-LGBTQ+ Hiring Policies

A group of students and staff is suing six members of Seattle Pacific University’s (SPU) Board of Trustees over their continuation of the Christian...

Supreme Court Temporarily Upholds Recognition of LGBTQ+ Club at Yeshiva University

Yeshiva University, a private Orthodox Jewish university in New York, must recognize an LGBTQ+ club, reversing course from an earlier ruling from Justice Sonia...

Anderson University Students, Alumni Protest Nonrenewal of Queer Professor’s Contract

On Sunday, a small but vocal group of Anderson University students and alumni protested the school’s recent decision not to renew the contract of...

Judge Orders Yeshiva University to Recognize LGBTQ Student Group

Yeshiva University (YU) will now be required to formally recognize an LGBTQ student group following a Tuesday ruling by a New York state judge. Judge...

Colleges Utilize Transgender-focused Training to Promote Inclusive Campuses

More transgender individuals are out on college campuses today than ever before, but many still experience harassment and discrimination, according to a 2019 report...

‘There is Solidarity Here’: A Q&A with LGBTQ College Presidents

While the number of openly LGBTQ faculty, staff, and administrators on college and university campuses has risen in recent years, this demographic remains vastly...

The Negative Effects of Recent Anti-LGBTQ Legislation Spread to Higher Education

As LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff come together to celebrate Pride, a cloud looms overhead. Across the country, conservative lawmakers are leveling legislative attacks...

Campuses Resume In-Person Pride Events Following Pandemic Hiatus

Over the past two years, many major LGBTQ Pride celebrations have been canceled, postponed, or moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially those...

Princeton University Database Tracks Rise in LGBTQ Elected Officials Worldwide

Researchers at Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) recently launched a database and interactive map that displays information about publicly self-identifying...

Students, Alumni Condemn Lee University’s Leaked Anti-LGBTQ Guidelines

Lee University, a private Christian institution in Tennessee, is facing student backlash after a leaked document recently surfaced highlighting controversial anti-LGBTQ guidelines. The document, "Statement...

New Law Requires California Colleges to Update Records of ‘Deadnamed’ Transgender...

On January 1, California became the first state to require public institutions to update the records of students who have legally changed their names...

Millikin University Apologizes After Speaker’s Transphobic Graduation Speech

Millikin University, a private school in Illinois affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, is facing indignation from faculty, students, and community members this week after...

Johnson & Wales University Hosts ‘Chalk OUT!’ to Celebrate National Coming...

Johnson & Wales University (JWU) in Providence, Rhode Island, celebrated National Coming Out Day on October 11 with a “Chalk OUT!” at Gaebe Commons....

U.S. State Department Issues First Gender-Neutral Passport

The U.S. Department of State issued its first passport with an ‘X’ gender marker, the federal agency announced Wednesday. The new marker supports non-binary, intersex,...

Xavier University of Louisiana Celebrates First-Ever Pride Week

This week, Xavier University of Louisiana, a private historically Black Catholic institution, is celebrating its inaugural Pride Week to commemorate the LGBTQ community. To kick...

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 Protections

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...