The most gay-friendly places to study in America

If you're going to study abroad in America, you need to choose a safe and inclusive place. The schools on our list will keep you safe and help you grow and become involved in the community.

HomoCulture Gay Culture Sean Kivi

This article was published on September 25th, 2021

Choosing a university is not as straightforward for gay people as it is for our heterosexual counterparts. In America, we need to be aware that some places are safer for our community than others. When choosing a university, you should consider the ranking of the college you will attend and where it is located. Some places are great for the LGBTQ+ community, but others are dangerous places to go. The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), the largest and most prestigious honor society in America, dedicates its time to discovering which colleges and universities are the safest and most inclusive of our community. They have ranked the following universities for inclusivity based on counseling and support and the gay ambiance you will find there. So, let’s jump into the list and find out which universities are the most inclusive!

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It’s no surprise that the most ranked university is Rutgers in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The university proudly boasts about having the first openly gay dean and an on-campus center dedicated to educating the college population on social justice and the LGBT community. The NSLS says that this school has the safest and most inclusive ambiance of any university in America.

The nest school is the University of Washington. The university has put a limelight on the LGBT population. The fact that they have a major for gender & sexuality proves that they care about us. If they care enough to dedicate a major to our community, we can bet that the university will be a safe space for our kind. The O center on campus promises a sense of community, education, love, and advocacy for our people. 

If neither of these colleges is for you, try out Ohio State University. They provide services and resources dedicated exclusively to the LGBT community. Many of the services they offer were designed with us in mind. The campus also has an LGBT fraternity called Phi Alpha Kappa. Guys, gals, and non-binary pals are all welcome – so even if your sex doesn’t match your gender, you’re loved and welcomed. 

If you want something a bit colder (we mean climate, not personalities), you can try out the 4th option on the NSLS list – the university of Massachusetts. On top of rigorous academic programs, the university established the Amherst Stonewall Center in 1985 to provide physical and mental health services for our community. 

But if you’re not a fan of freezing weather, you can head over to one of the biggest states in the country to a place the locals call “closet station.” Texas A&M has many social opportunities to keep you busy. The San Antonio has a Pride center that helps out queer, trans, and gender non-conforming students to make the best of their college experiences. 

Another option that topped the list, coming in at number 7, is the University of Maryland. The LGBT equity center has inclusivity programming for those who are not accustomed to a diverse setting. They are conditioning the public to be more accepting of our community by helping them understand us better. 

Montclair State is one of the most inclusive college settings in all of America. They have a multitude of social justice programs and an on-campus LGBTQ residential community. If you want to build your social or business network, this is where you need to be!

The next on the list for most inclusive is the Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the school set up the first LGBTQ resource center in West Colorado. It was founded in 1992 and has transformed the university into a safe space designed for the LGBTQ community to thrive. 

The last, but definitely least inclusive on the list, is the University of Oregon. They have an LGBT education and support services department on campus. The department is dedicated to setting up social and academic organizations that allow our community to interact together.

Which one will you choose and why? Let us know in the comments. We would love to know your thoughts about our list.

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