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Here Are the Most LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges in the US

Attending college is a very demanding undertaking, and a support structure can be vital to a student’s success. If you’re a member of the LGBTQ+ community and you’re seeking higher education, you’ll want to select a school that supports your lifestyle and interests. Here’s the rundown on four colleges that do their best to serve as the ideal backdrop for the rainbow flag.

University of California-Riverside

UC Riverside is home to an LGBT Resource Center that was established back in 1993. Since its inception, the center has provided a safe bulwark of support and advocacy for students exploring their sexual identity and orientation. What’s more, the outreach isn’t confined to the campus itself. UC Riverside is proud to engage the entire community in its message of tolerance and inclusion.

More: LGBT Resource Center

University of Texas at Dallas

While LGBTQ Pride Month is a nationwide occurrence that rolls around every June, UT Dallas embraces the event with both arms. Each year, the campus plays host to a number of events to celebrate the queer community. The goal of the college is to shine a spotlight on the contributions that LGBTQ people have made to the region, to the nation and to the world as a whole.

University of Utah

In addition to its own LGBT Resource Center, the aim of which is to provide resources for students all across the broad gender and sexuality spectrum, the University of Utah offers gender-neutral bathrooms and the promise of discretion to anyone who might be too embarrassed to come forward. While their services stress that all people are free to express themselves in whatever manner feels most comfortable, it’s understood that some questioning students might wish to remain anonymous for the time being.

More: Gender-neutral Bathrooms Are Radical, but Not How You Think

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

GSA clubs support LGBTQ+ community members through activities, discussions, and self-expression — and the University of Wisconsin’s clubs are very active. The Diversity Center hosts weekly Rainbow Unity (RU) meetings throughout the semester, available not just to members of the LGBTQ community but also to their allies, friends and family members. Other events include screenings of queer-oriented films, live presentations and seminars intended to educate and inform the public on the importance of diversity in the university community and beyond.

More: Guide for LGBTQ+ Students


You and your LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters have a myriad of options and plenty to offer whichever school you choose to attend. Why not choose a college where you’ll be surrounded by supportive and like-minded individuals, all committed to helping you become the best version of yourself?

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