Campus Pride’s annual Shame List has been released.

‘Shame’ list released

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Campus Pride has released its annual Shame List which highlights for the second year in a row “The Absolute Worst Campuses for LGBTQ Youth.”

Of those documented, 139 campuses were tagged as unsafe for LGBTQ students and discriminated against them through policies, programs and practices.

Especially vulnerable are transgender students, staff and faculty. In fact, 32 campuses have Title IX exemption requests pending and 70 have received religious exemptions which allows them to discriminate.

“The Shame List uncovers the religion‐based bigotry that is unsafe, harmful and perpetuates harassment toward LGBTQ youth. Everyone has a right to know that these ‘absolute worst campuses for LGBTQ youth’ do exist and what they are doing to discriminate in policies, programs and practices,” said Shane Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride. “That is what the Shame List does as a resource for youth and families — it gives them all the information to make the best decision for their young person, where they will be safe and feel welcomed.”

Campus Pride said that attempts have been made to shut the list down by those who appear on the list or have an association with them. Others have attempted to thwart efforts to receive information from the U.S. Department of Education or have tried to disassociate from the listing, the organization added.

Windmeyer shared that a letter sent to the Department of Education in the past year from an organization representing some of the campuses cited the negative public attention of lists which shared the kind of information the “Shame List” does.

According to Windmeyer, a legal inquiry to the Department of Education has asked if campuses could withdraw their Title IX exemption and then ask for the same exemption at another time in the future.

“That is when you know you are doing something important and begs the question: ‘Why are these campuses concerned about letting people know that they have a Title IX religious exemption that discriminates against LGBTQ people or anti-LGBTQ actions, programs and practices. Why?’” Windmeyer said.

Carolina campuses on the list are: Belmont Abbey College, Charleston Southern University, Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary and North Greenville University.

info: campuspride.org.

Graduate research grants deadline upcoming

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has announced that applications for a $11,000 research grant for graduate level LGBTQ family psychology and therapy proposals will be due on Nov. 1.

A request for proposals form, available online, must be submitted for the American Psychological Foundation’s 2018 Roy Scrivner Memorial Research Grant. Grants seek to encourage the study of LGBTQ family psychology and therapy through its support of promising young investigators whose graduate research is oriented toward issues in this general area.

Preference is given to advanced students who have demonstrated their commitment to this area through their dissertation research plans.

info: apa.org/apf/funding/scrivner.aspx.

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