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Resources for Families of Gay, Lesbian, Gender-Variant and Transgender Children: College Guide for LGBTQ

The Hunt for the right college is on!, now what.............

Evaluating potential colleges is a thrilling, if nerve-wracking experience for most students. It’s exciting to select a major, explore different campuses, and contemplate your first taste of independence—but the process can also be a little scary, particularly if you self-identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ).

Affordable Colleges has put together massive resources for the LGBTQ community.

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Resources

Affordable Colleges.org LGBTQ guide covers several important topics including:

  • Scholarships & Financial Aid for the LGBTQ Community
  • Assessing a School’s LGBTQ Community
  • LGBTQ Initiatives on Campus
  • Academics as a LGBTQ
  • Other National and Campus Organizations

SOME STEPS TO TAKE TO FIND THE PERFECT COLLEGE FOR YOU!

The Affordable College website has some great suggestions for finding the right fit for any college student:

For LGBTQ students exploring potential colleges, taking a few extra steps in the process can shed light on any school’s approach to inclusivity.

  1. Explore the school website. LGBTQ-friendly schools make their stance clear, and information about LGBTQ student life should be readily available. If you have difficulty determining whether a school maintains a dedicated resource center or offers services geared toward LGBTQ students, consider that a red flag.
  2. Consult the Campus Pride Index. This valuable resource is considered the gold standard for evaluating LGBTQ-friendly colleges. Participating schools voluntarily submit to an assessment; Campus Pride then evaluates each school and ranks it against an eight-point scoring system based on its inclusivity standards.
  3. Campus visits are ideal for a true representation of the school’s atmosphere; ideally, all aspiring college students should attend a campus orientation and tour if possible. Tours are generally led by trained student volunteers who are prepared for questions about student life; don’t be shy about asking for details on LGBTQ student services.
  4. During your campus visit, stop by the LGBTQ resource center. Is it well-staffed and inviting? Are students taking advantage of its services? Is there evidence of ample educational, networking, and social opportunities for LGBTQ students?

As you narrow down your list, consider the elements of an LGBTQ-friendly school covered above. Evaluate the campus presence of LGBTQ organizations, the dedicated resources the school has provided to LGBTQ students, the school policy around LGBTQ issues, and its academic offerings.

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A school's LGBTQ Community

When you’re looking at potential colleges you should try to find a place where you can comfortably spend the next few years of your life. This can be a tall order for any high school senior, and even more so for LGBTQ students. Fortunately, there are a few indicators that can signal how LGBTQ-friendly a given school is. Schools with LGBTQ clubs or curriculums that cover LGBTQ issues are generally pretty accepting. Visible signs of acceptance, like rainbows, pink triangles, and designated safe zones, are another way to measure a school’s LGBTQ culture.

National Listing of LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges & Universities

Lambda 10 project

The Lambda 10 Project – National Clearinghouse for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Fraternity & Sorority Issues works to heighten the visibility of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members of the college fraternity and sororities by serving as a clearinghouse for educational resources and educational materials related to sexual orientation and gender identity/expression as it pertains to the fraternity/sorority experience.