Campus Pride, a nonprofit that works for safer college environments for LGBT students, has compiled its first top ten list of trans-friendly colleges and universities.
Sure, we know the partiers turn to University of Florida or Ohio State and the brainiacs look to Harvard, and Columbia. But for the trans community, selecting a college can be fraught fraught with additional perils that even their gay and lesbian classmates can unintentionally exacerbate—from housing issues to isolation and rejection.
Campus Pride’s executive director Shane Windmeyer and trans author Genny Beemyn based their ranking on which schools had policies that were most trans-affirmative, including things like non-discrimination polices that include specific protections for gender identity and/or expression, offering gender-inclusive bathrooms and lockers, forms that allow for the recognition of trans identities and, arguably most importantly, vibrant, dynamic LGBT organizations staffed and lead by members of the trans community.
Here’s how the top ten broke down:
1. Ithaca College
2. New York University
3. Princeton University
4. University of California, Los Angeles
5. University of California, Riverside
6. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
7. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
8. University of Oregon
9. University of Pennsylvania
10. University of Vermont
Not surprisingly, the list skews towards colleges on the East and West Coasts, where cultures of inclusiveness tend to take root first. But given how quickly progress is being made, we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see schools from the Midwest and South cropping up in the years to come. Just think, soon trans student will be just as home with a beer bong and embarrassing tattoos as anyone else.
Is your alma mater on the list? Share you school pride in the comments!