A recent resource was shared with the California Adolescent Health Collaborative. We encourage any and all youth your youth-influencers to take a look at http://www.thebestcolleges.org/resources/lqbtq-student-guide/.
The LGBTQ community faces many challenges. Attending college can add additional stressors leading to anxiety and depression. For these reasons, it is essential for those that self-identify as a sexual or gender minority (lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, intersex, transgender, agender/gender non-binary, two-spirited, queer or questioning) choose a college with trained staff and safe spaces.
"The Best Colleges" website link above lists the following as criteria for an LGBTQ-equipped college:
- LGBTQ student organizations
- Inclusion statements/anti-discrimination policies that include LGBTQ students
- LGBTQ resource centers
- Gender-neutral restrooms and housing
The website provides advice on admission essays, finding an LGBTQ friendly campus, support resources outside of the college campus, and scholarship opportunities specific to the LGBTQ community.
This is still a controversial topic that has made leaps and bounds in the past decade in terms of public understanding and support.
Please feel free to share and visit the above resource with those you feel would most benefit.