Campus Pride blasts Princeton Review gay list
National collegiate gay rights group “Campus Pride” is blasting the Princeton Review for its lists of the 20 most – and 20 least gay-friendly schools in the U-S.
Campus Pride founder Shane Windmeyer says the Princeton Review’s rankings were based on one single question. ‘Do you agree or disagree with the statement: “Students, faculty, and administrators treat all persons equally regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.”‘ More importantly, the question was asked of ALL students, most of whom Windmeyer says wouldn’t really know the answer.
Windmeyer: “Asking the question of the majority of students – which we assume 90% are going to be heterosexual – does not in any way seem to be an accurate gauge over whether or not a campus is gay community accepting.”
He says LGBT students who want to know what schools will or won’t accept them need to do their own research, and ask about the experiences of LGBT students at that school.
Windmeyer: “You know, it’s much like when you search for a campus for your academic needs or for other social interests. It’s important to ask questions of other students who are similar to you.”
Windmeyer also criticized the Princeton Review’s least gay-friendly list, which was titled “Alternative Lifestyle Not an Alternative.” He says the phrase ‘Alternative Lifestyle’ – “suggests that the legitimate, often painful lives of LGBT students are nothing more than an edgy fashion choice.”
Campus Pride’s own campus guides can be found on its website, Campus-Pride-dot-org.