Did you know that it’s legal for religious colleges to discriminate against LGBT students? I certainly didn’t, at least not until Campus Pride, an organization advocating for the rights of LGBT students, published its “Shame List” last month. The list, of 102 colleges, enumerates “the absolute worst campuses for LGBTQ youth.”
The list “sheds light on the harmful religion-based bigotry perpetuated against LGBTQ youth on these campuses,” says Shane Windmeyer, the group’s executive director. To qualify, a school must have received and/or applied for a Title IX exemption to discriminate against LGBT youth or demonstrated a history of anti-gay actions, programs or practices.
According to Windmeyer, “it is an unspoken secret in higher education how [some colleges] use religion as a tool for cowardice and discrimination.”