CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Campus Pride has announced that its national Top 25 LGBTQ-friendly Listing of Colleges and Universities, Best of the Best, has been released and a Carolina school was included.

Elon University was the only Carolinas higher educational institution represented.

Those listed lead the way for LGBTQ inclusion in policies, programs and practices across the U.S. Selection this year was based on overall ratings on the Campus Pride Index and specific LGBTQ-inclusive benchmark measures.

According to Campus Pride, “the list this year shows more LGBTQ progress than ever, even in more rural conservative places.” Dr. Genny Beemyn, the coordinator of Campus Pride’s Trans Policy Clearinghouse, said: “It is especially important to see colleges from Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina among the Top 25. If these colleges can become supportive oases in largely anti-LGBTQ states, then other institutions in very conservative states have no excuse not to do likewise.”

info: campuspride.org.

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