CMU among most GLBT-friendly colleges in US

Just when I think the climate for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered people in Michigan couldn’t be more hostile, along comes this article:

A highly regarded gay and lesbian newsmagazine has named Central Michigan University as one of its top 100 campuses for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students, released Aug. 1, features CMU based on the university's efforts "to create a welcoming, safe college experience for all students," wrote author Shane L. Windmeyer in a letter congratulating CMU Director of Gay and Lesbian Programs Ana Guerriero.

The guide profiles each institution's size, tuition rates, admission application deadlines, gay-affirmative policies, events, LGBT student groups and resources, housing for LGBT students, and more.

The colleges and universities featured in the guide, which Windmeyer calls "the first of its kind," were selected from among 680 nominees following interviews with more than 5,500 LGBT students, faculty and staff nationwide. Institutions were selected based on institutional policies, commitment and support; academic life; housing; student life; counseling and health services; campus safety; and recruitment and retention efforts.

Another reason to not only be a proud Democrat, but also a proud CMU Democrat. Fire up Chips!