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Dan And Me: My Coming Out As A Friend Of Dan Cathy And Chick-Fil-A
I spent New Year's Eve at the red-blooded, all-American epicenter of college football: at the Chick-fil-A Bowl, next to Dan Cathy, as his personal guest....

I really enjoyed this story. It shows how people can relate to each and befriend each other, despite opposing worldviews. I hope we can learn from this example. 

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.”

Read more here: Some colleges can discriminate against LGBT students. Here’s how to check if your top choice does.
Campaign launches to support trans college student who was harassed by campus security

The LGBT college group Campus Pride has launched a petition to support Andraya Williams, a transgender student who was wrongfully escorted off campus after security guards harassed her and questioned her gender.

Here’s what happened first at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in North Carolina:

On Tuesday, March 18, Williams was approached by a campus security officer who questioned her gender as she left an on campus women’s restroom. Williams has stated that the campus security detained her for no apparent reason and harassed her. Even after she presented her ID, Williams was escorted off campus.

Since then, CPCC has held a protest to support Williams, and Campus Pride launched a petition demanding the school apologize to her and immediately implement more trans-inclusive policies, including training all staff on trans issues. Specifically, the petition calls for the school to do the following:

1. Issue a formal written apology for Andraya’s suspension and wrongful treatment;

2. Permit Andraya to use the restroom consistent with her gender identity, which is female;

3. Provide training to all faculty, staff, and contracted personnel regarding the rights of students under Title IX and Title VII, including the rights of transgender students; and

4. Revise CPCC’s policies to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all students, including transgender students.

Sign the petition and spread the word.