Nearly 140 colleges across the country have been identified as the “absolute worst campuses” for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students by Campus Pride, a national organization that advocates for LGBTQ inclusivity and safety at U.S. colleges and universities.
The organization released its second annual “Shame List” to bring negative attention to schools that are “not safe” for LGBTQ students and “openly discriminate against LGBTQ youth in policies, programs and practices,” according to a statement on the Campus Pride website.
“LGBT young people are oftentimes shamed because of their sexual orientation, so these campuses should be shamed for their religious-based bigotry against LGBT young people,” Shane Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride, told NBC News.
The number of schools on the list spiked up to 139 this year from 102 last year, in part, because more schools have pending or approved religious exemptions to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities. As Title IX was expanded to include discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, colleges applied for these religious exemptions in order to maintain their policies that exclude LGBTQ students and legally protect themselves while doing so.
“If you’re going to have a Title IX exemption, the whole world should know, and you should own up to the fact that you’re discriminating against students,” Windmeyer said. Read more via NBC