Campus Pride releases 2022 Worst List, no Illinois schools on it

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Campus Pride has released its annual list of the worst schools for LGBTQ students. No Illinois schools made this list.

Campus Pride, an organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBTQ students, said that 13 colleges and universities were added this year, bringing the total to 193 unsafe schools.

“Campus Pride envisions campuses and a society free of anti-LGBTQ+ prejudice, bigotry, and hate,” said Shane Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride. “The growing anti-LGBTQ+ attacks on youth across the country makes the release of this year’s ‘Worst List” even more crucial and timely, shining a harsh spotlight on the religion-based bias, bigotry and discrimination happening on these campuses.”

To appear on The Worst List, a campus 1) applied for and/or received a Title IX exemption to discriminate against LGBTQ students, and/or 2) demonstrated a past history of anti-LGBTQ actions, programs and practices. Of this year’s 13 new entries to the list, three were added due to a request for new Title IX exemptions allowing open discrimination toward LGBTQ people and five were added because they chose not to uphold Title IX protections toward any student – including LGBTQ students – by refusing federal funding. Five others were added due to reports of anti-LGBTQ+ campus handbook policies, students reporting anti-LGBTQ incidents to Campus Pride’s Report It Form, and/or published news articles.  

In their announcement, Campus Pride illustrated “emboldened anti-LGBTQ actions.” Over the past two years, record numbers of anti-LGBTQ laws and policies have been introduced at schools and in state legislatures.

Illinois, Nevada, New Mexico, Montana, South Dakota, Connecticut, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Alaska, and Hawaii did not have any schools included on the Worst List. That doesn’t mean they don’t have schools with anti-LGBTQ policies, only that no schools were considered the “worst of the worst.”

The vast majority of schools on the list have religious affiliations.

The full 2022 Worst List, which includes the 193 campuses along with documentation, can be found online at CampusPride.org/WorstList. Since December 2015, the listing has been updated annually with Title IX exemptions and anti-LGBTQ actions and reports.. 

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