CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Campus Pride and GLSEN have announced a partnership to expand the reach and impact of the Campus Pride National LGBT-Friendly College Fair Program and better support LGBT and ally youth as they transition to college.

As part of this program, a first-ever Online College Fair and Prep Day will also be held on March 19, 2015, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. EST. Youth will be able to review information and speak to college representatives through an online platform with interactive booths, chat rooms, videos and resources. Representatives will be on hand between 1:30-6 p.m.

For the 2014-15 fair season, the two organizations will visit eight cities to address concerns regarding campus safety, student life and academics. Campus Pride will bring its expertise on LGBT student life and GLSEN will leverage its chapter and student networks to connect more students nationwide with information about LGBT-friendly campuses and the college admissions process. GLSEN has built on the success of its Jump-Start Student Leadership Teams and works with over 4,000 GSA clubs.

“Since launching the Campus Pride National LGBT-Friendly College Fair Program in 2007, Campus Pride has directly connected thousands of youth with LGBT-friendly colleges, helping them make informed decisions about their future and better positioning them to succeed in life,” Campus Pride Executive Director Shane Windmeyer said. “Partnering with GLSEN, one of the most respected organizations in all of education, will allow us to expand the reach and impact of one of the most successful initiatives ever launched to support LGBT and ally youth in their journey to college.”

The 2014 fairs will take place in Atlanta, Ga., Boston, Mass., Charlotte, N.C., Los Angeles, Calif., Nashville, Tenn., New York, N.Y., Roanoke, Va., and Vancouver, Wash.

The Charlotte event will be held on Aug. 16 in conjunction with Charlotte Pride.

Other dates are: Roanoke, Sept. 7; Atlanta, Oct. 11; Los Angeles, Oct. 11; Vancouver, Oct. 25; New York, Nov. 7; and Nashville, Nov. 15.

Registration is free and is available online.

info/registration: campuspride.org.

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