College Scholarships for LGBTQ Students

There are numerous scholarship opportunities for LGBTQ students. This comprehensive guide covers everything from common questions about the application process to Title IX and LGBTQ-friendly colleges.

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer students need the support of their communities to thrive in higher education. Many also need financial support. Thankfully, LGBTQ students can find a wealth of scholarships for college at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. That part you've no doubt gathered from our title.

What might surprise you, though, is that there are also all sorts of scholarships for LGTBQ-identifying students. LGBTQ scholarships are more inclusive than that, even. In fact, scholarships for college are available for all students who are actively involved in promoting acceptance and equality for all gay, lesbian and transgender communities.

List of Scholarships for LGBTQ Students

You'll find scholarship opportunities from a wide range of sources, including schools, private foundations and corporations. Let's break a few of these sources down by category.

State and Regional LGBTQ Scholarships

One of the first places to start looking for LGBTQ scholarships is in your state or region. Here are a few examples of the types of scholarships you might find. Complete requirements, deadlines and details are available in the linked pages.

The 49 Fund

The 49 Fund was set up to honor the 49 victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando on June 12, 2016. The fund offers 10 scholarships of $4,900 to LGBT students in Central Florida. To be considered, applicants must:

  • Identify as part of the LGBT community
  • Attend, or plan on attending, a 2- or 4-year university
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Demonstrate leadership in their communities via a written essay
  • Provide a written letter of recommendation from a faculty member of their school
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA on a weighted scale of 4.0

Applications for this scholarship are due on February 14th of each year.

The Tang Scholarship

Four Asian and Pacific Islander (API) students who are involved in the LGBT community can share a total award of $60,000 by applying for the Tang Scholarship. To qualify, applicants must:

  • Be between 17 and 25 years of age
  • Have at least 25% API ancestry
  • Have graduated from a high school in one of these California counties: Napa, Alameda, San Francisco, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, Solano, Santa Clara or Sonoma
  • Hold at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Identify as gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual

The application deadline is April 30.

Team DC Scholarship

The Team DC Scholarship is open to LGBTQ high school athletes in Washington, DC. Each successful applicant can receive up to $2,000 to offset the cost of college. Application requirements include:

  • Self-identification as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer
  • Residing in the Washington, DC, metro area, including surrounding counties in Virginia and Maryland
  • Being an active participant in a competitive sport in a high school or recreational league
  • Providing two letters of support
  • Submitting a 1,500-word essay detailing their experience as an LGBTQ athlete

Recipients get to attend the Night of Champions Dinner, an awards ceremony that honors their achievements. The deadline to apply is February 21.

Grand Rapids Trans Foundation Academic Scholarship

The Grand Rapids Trans Foundation (GRTF) Academic Scholarship is designed specifically for students who identify as non-binary, third gender, two-spirit, transsexual, or any non-cis gender and are attending school in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. There is no GPA requirement for this scholarship. Each student is eligible for up to $2,500 and must apply by May 1.

Live Out Loud Scholarship

Open to graduating high school seniors in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, the Live Out Loud Scholarship gives out $10,000 awards to help pay for education-related expenses. To qualify, students must apply by March 16 and meet the following requirements:

  • Submit two letters of recommendation
  • Write two personal essays
  • Participate in a one-on-one interview
  • Demonstrate involvement in the LGBTQ community

Jean Paul Ohadi Scholarship Award

Presented by the Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) chapter of Deerfield, IL, the Jean Paul Ohadi Scholarship award in honor of the death of Jean Paul Ohadi, a 17-year-old boy who was bullied for his sexual identity. Each scholarship is $1,000 and applications are due on April 1. Eligibility and application requirements include:

  • Being a resident of the state of Illinois
  • Between the ages of 17 and 22
  • Attending or applying to an accredited post-secondary institution
  • Demonstrating financial need
  • Openly gay, transgender, lesbian or queer/questioning
  • Actively participating in an LGBTQ organization

Degree-Specific LGBTQ Scholarships

LGBTQ scholarships aren't solely based on financial need; there are plenty of organizations that direct funding to students who are pursuing a degree in a specific field. Here's a sampling of these types of scholarships.

Out to Innovate Scholarship

The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP) set up the Out to Innovate Scholarship to advance LGBTQ participation and acceptance in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Each fall, two students studying in a STEM field get $5,000 to use toward educational expenses. Aspiring recipients should:

  • Have at least two years of postsecondary education under their belts
  • Have declared a major in a STEM discipline
  • Have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA throughout their college career
  • Be an active part of an organization that promotes LGBTQ rights
  • Write a personal essay

All applications must be submitted by the first Saturday in June.

Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award

Leroy F. Aarons was a legendary investigative journalist and the founder of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA). The NLGJA's mission is to advance fair and inclusive reporting on the LGBTQ community, and part of that mission is served by offering up to $5,000 in tuition money to a student pursuing a degree in journalism. The Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award requires applicants to meet the following requirements:

  • Graduate students must be pursuing a degree in mass communications or journalism
  • Preference is given to undergraduate students enrolled in a journalism program
  • Provide five work samples; these can be print, video or photo journalism
  • Publish a story to Tumblr - using both words and multimedia - profiling an LGBTQ leader in the student's community, detailing current LGBTQ legislation or covering an LGBTQ event in the community

National Gay Pilots Association Scholarships

The National Gay Pilots Association offers a wide range of scholarships for students who are pursuing an education in a field related to aviation. In all, there is $150,000 in funds up for grabs among the organization's many scholarships:

  • Buttgenbach Foundation $10,000 Private Pilot Scholarship
  • Delta Airlines $6000 Advanced Flight Training Scholarship
  • NGPA $7000 Steven Moore Advocacy Scholarship
  • United Airlines $5000 Tech Ops Scholarship
  • NGPA $3000 Seaplane Rating Scholarship

Applicants must apply between June 1st and August 31st to be considered. Each scholarship has different requirements and there's only one universal eligibility requirement -- students have to be members of the NGPA. In general, however, students with these attributes will be given preference:

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Active involvement in the LGBTQ community and organizations that promote LGBTQ rights
  • Demonstrated high academic performance
  • High-quality application essays

Dream Out Loud Scholarships

Have dreams of treading the boards? Composing the next great sonata? Directing a magnum opus? Dream Out Loud Scholarships want to help you get there. Each scholarship offers $1,000 for tuition plus an LBGTQ mentor who's an active, professional artist. Anyone who wants to be considered should:

  • Be between the ages of 17 and 22
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from teachers
  • Write a 500 to 1,000-word essay
  • Identify as a member of the LGBTQ community
  • Submit a reel or portfolio of your work as an artist

The due date for the application and any supporting materials varies yearly but takes place around March.

Out to Protect Scholarship

The Out to Protect Scholarship provides awards of between $500 and $1,000 each year to students who are studying to become law enforcement officers. The deadline to apply is May 29 and applicants will need to:

  • Be attending a basic law enforcement training program in America and show that they can complete training
  • Identify as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, or transgender
  • Be able to show they are a positive role model in law enforcement

Women in Medicine LGBTQ Leadership Scholarship>

Two female medical school students receive the Women in Medicine LGBTQ Leadership Scholarship each year, awarding $5,000 to use for higher education. To qualify, students must turn in an application by January 15 and meet these requirements:

  • Be in their first, second or third year at a medical school (allopathic, osteopathic, or naturopathic)
  • Demonstrate good academic standing
  • Show positive contribution to the LGBTQ community

Community & Leadership LGBTQ Scholarships

A range of scholarships, both regional and national, have been set up to help fund the education of people who have made contributions to the LGBTQ community through leadership, activism and other means. Here are a few prominent examples.

Colin Higgins Foundation Youth Courage Awards

The Colin Higgins Foundation was established to honor the memory of openly gay director Colin Higgins who was diagnosed with HIV in 1985. The Youth Courage Awards give up to $10,000 to youth activists who have faced discrimination because of their identity. They're open to anyone who identifies as lesbian, gay, queer, questioning, transgender or two-spirit and has worked to inspire others in the community. Applicants must submit applications by March 1st to be considered.

Gamma Mu Scholarships Program

Gamma Mu Scholarships are available to gay men under the age of 35 who want to pursue an education at an accredited vocational training, associate's, bachelor's or graduate program. Award amounts range between $1,000 and $2,500 per student and can be used for tuition, books and education-related fees. Candidates should demonstrate:

  • Overcoming adversity, particularly discrimination based on sexual orientation
  • Participation in the LGBTQ community
  • Leadership in advocating for tolerance and diversity
  • Financial need
  • Academic or work achievement

Applications for Gamma Mu scholarships must be received by March 31.

My First Blush LGBTQ Leadership Scholarship

My First Blush LGBTQ Leadership Scholarships awards one $1,500 scholarship and one $1,000 scholarship are awarded each year to gay, lesbian, intersex, transgender, bisexual, queer or ally (LGBTQAI) students. Applicants should submit applications by June 30 of each year and must:

  • Be at least 17 years old
  • Be attending or accepted into an accredited college or university
  • Have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Have taken action to promote equality, tolerance and inclusivity
  • Have at least six months of leadership experience in the LGBTQ community

League Foundation LBGTQ Scholarship

The League Foundation has been providing support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students since 1996. Part of that support is the LGBTQ Scholarship program, which boasts several funding opportunities, including the Tyler Clementi Memorial Scholarship, the Matthew Shepard Memorial Scholarship and the Laurel Hester Memorial Scholarship. All of these scholarships were set up to honor people who were persecuted and marginalized because of who they loved. One application to the League Foundation qualifies you for all of the scholarships. Some criteria include:

  • Showing significant involvement in leadership roles promoting the LGBTQ community
  • Self-identifying as lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual or queer/questioning
  • Submitting two letters of recommendation from someone outside your family
  • Being a graduating senior in high school

Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship

The Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship offers awards of between $1,500 and $3,000 to lesbian students who identify as women. Scholarships go directly to the school to pay for tuition. Among other things, candidates are vetted by criteria such as the student's academic achievement, their dedication to promoting LGBTQ issues and their leadership and community involvement. The deadline for applying is May 1.

Point Foundation National Scholarship Fund

The Point Foundation is the biggest scholarship-granting organization in the nation dedicated to LGBTQ students. Its coffers are supporting an incredible 60 Point Scholars in 4-year universities and 25 Point Scholars in community colleges across the country. Not only do Point Scholars get free money for college, they also get paired with a mentor who walks them through their next steps to becoming leaders in the community.

To be considered, candidates must:

  • Be 'out' and self-identify as lesbian, gay, transgender, queer or bisexual
  • Be enrolled full-time at an accredited school
  • Have a history of involvement and leadership in the LGBTQ community
  • Demonstrate financial need

LGBTQ Graduate Student Scholarships

If you've already got an undergraduate degree and you're ready to pursue graduate education, you'll have plenty of options to get help paying for it. Here are just a few.

Malyon Smith Scholarship Research Award

Malyon Smith Scholarship awards graduate students in a psychology program can receive up to $1,000 every year for pursuing research on gender identity and sexual orientation. Applications should be emailed by March 30 and need to include:

  • A resume
  • A well-written description of the proposed research project, including the proposal, the methodology, anticipated results and the impact on the LGBTQ community
  • A letter from a faculty member in the graduate psychology program attesting to the feasibility of the project.

Reaching Out LGBTQ MBA Fellowship

The Reaching Out LGBTQ MBA Fellowship, or ROMBA, is a scholarship program that gives out $20,000 to LGBTQ students who are pursuing a Master of Business Administration. Interested students must apply to a business school program that's partnered with Reaching Out. Each program is responsible for vetting candidates for the scholarship, so the criteria can vary (as can the deadline), but most students can expect to be asked to demonstrate:

  • An interest in joining on-campus LGBTQ clubs
  • A track record of leadership roles in the LGBTQ community
  • Application essays that detail these leadership experiences

Recipients are also expected to be leaders on campus, participate in LGBTQ advocacy and help identify future candidates for the program.

Bisexual Foundation Scholarship Award

Sponsored by the Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, the Bisexual Foundation Scholarship Award offers up to $1,000 to students in a psychology or therapy/counseling graduate program. The award is designed to provide support for students who want to research the psychology of bisexuality. Applications must be submitted by March 30 and should include a research project description, a letter from a faculty member and the student's resume.

Chinn Scholarships for LGBT Atheist Activism

The Chinn Scholarships for LGBT Atheist Activism are offered to graduate students who are members or allies of the LGBTQ community to apply for two $500 awards given out by the advocacy group American Atheists. Candidates can be attending graduate or law school full-time and must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in those programs. Above all else, American Atheists looks for candidates who are heavily involved in activism, both for the LGBTQ community and the promotion of atheism. The deadline to apply is March 15.

Lesbian Caucus Award

The National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) offers the Lesbian Caucus Award which is $500 to graduate students who are doing their master's thesis or doctoral dissertation project on a topic related to LGBT studies. Aspiring recipients and their projects are evaluated based on:

  • How the project lines up with the NWSA's mission
  • How it incorporates feminist methodologies
  • How it might impact the study of lesbianism/sexuality

The deadline for applicants is May 15.

How to Apply for Scholarships as an LGBTQ Student

The process of applying for scholarships as an LGBTQ student is pretty much the same as it is for any other student. First, you'll want to fill out your FAFSA, which will determine if you qualify for financial aid and how much you'll be entitled to.

Filling out the FAFSA is important for several reasons. First, it'll help you figure out how much of the bill you'll need to fit into your budget and how much you might need to procure from other sources. The amount you receive through federal grants and loans can be dependent on scholarship money (and vice versa), so filling your FAFSA can also sometimes be a prerequisite for applying to these scholarships.

After you've completed this first step, you can start searching for scholarships for which you might be eligible. If you're looking for scholarships specifically for LGBTQ students, the Human Rights Campaign runs a fairly up-to-date database. From there, you can sort by state, find nationwide scholarships and see what's available at a particular school.

Since scholarships can come from so many sources, another way to find them is by searching online using terms like 'LGBTQ,' 'grants' and 'scholarships' and alternately adding in your state, county and region. For instance, if you live in Miami, you might use this combination of terms along with Miami, South Florida, Florida, Ft. Lauderdale and others.

Keep in mind that your search doesn't have to be limited to LGBTQ scholarships. The U.S. Department of Labor has a helpful database of scholarships that covers a diverse spectrum of awards based on financial need, ethnicity, region and merit. There, you can search by keyword or sort by degree level, gender, location, award type and affiliation.

Once you've found some potential scholarships, pay close attention to their requirements; the funds for these scholarships are often limited and the competition is high. You'll want to make sure you follow the instructions to a T and submit all your materials before the deadline. If you've already decided on a school (or you're already attending one), the financial aid office can be an invaluable resource. They can help you track down scholarships, find letters of recommendation, connect you with opportunities to help you look more impressive to scholarship boards and assist you in compiling your scholarship packets.

What if I'm Not 'Out'?

It's already tricky to navigate the transition to college emotionally and financially. Unfortunately, LGBTQ students have this added pressure on top of everything else. The truth is that many scholarships only look for candidates who are 'out' and active in the LGBTQ community. However, if you're not comfortable revealing your identity, you can limit your search to scholarships that don't have this requirement or ones that promise to keep your information private if you are selected.

You might also consider applying for scholarships that apply to allies of LGBTQ or ones that don't ask for letters of recommendation.

What Do I Put for Gender on My Scholarship Applications?

While many applications now have more than just binary choices, some do not. In those cases, you should mark down the one that makes you feel the most comfortable. The choice you make must be kept confidential, and if you're worried about pronoun usage on-campus, you can contact the school in advance to inform them of your preference.

I've Been Disowned By My Family. Am I Still a Dependent for Educational Funding?

Yes. You are legally considered a dependent until you turn 24, even if your family has disowned you. Unfortunately, this means their financial situation can still dictate how much money you can get to help pay for school.

You do have a couple of options. You can go through the process of emancipation from your parents -- which is a difficult, sometimes long process -- and be considered an independent. Or, you can mark yourself as 'at risk to be homeless' or 'homeless' on your FAFSA and petition to have your status changed to independent.

How to Choose an LGBTQ-Friendly College

Thanks to changing attitudes, shifting cultural values and advocacy groups, universities in the U.S. are embracing diversity and becoming more inclusive. Of course, the commitment to the LGBTQ community may vary from school to school, and some may not always practice what they preach when it comes to the environment for gay, lesbian, transgender and queer/questioning students. So can you tell if a school is up to snuff in this regard? There are a few ways.

  • Sneak a peek at the school's nondiscrimination policy. Most schools' websites will have a page detailing the university's policies regarding discrimination. Since school sites can be enormous, here's an easy way to find it -- search the school name along with 'discrimination policy.' If not much is popping up, or the page is light on details, it's a red flag.
  • Check out resources for LGBTQ students. Many colleges now have student centers dedicated to helping LGBTQ students assimilate, connect with on-campus resources and deal with any problems they encounter. Also, try searching the school's site for student organizations. How many are designed to encourage inclusivity and create a supportive community for LGBTQ students?
  • Take a look at curriculum. Peruse the curriculum of a few programs you're interested in. Are there courses that include the LGBTQ perspective? Does coursework reflect diversity? The programs themselves might tell you something as well. Does the school offer minors or majors in gender, sexuality or queer studies?
  • Bathroom and housing policies. Bathrooms have been a battleground for nonbinary people, and universities have to come down on one side of the argument. What are the school's policies on gender and bathroom access? All-gender bathrooms can be a good indicator of a welcoming environment. Take a look at housing policies, too. Are students allowed to choose housing regardless of gender identification? What about gyms, classrooms and lockers?

What Is Title IX?

Title IX is an anti-discrimination law passed nearly 50 years ago as part of the Education Amendments of 1972. It states:

'No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.'

In other words, if an institution of higher learning receives financial assistance from the federal government, they cannot exclude any student from admission based on the student's sex. They also must ensure students are protected from a variety of forms of discrimination, including harassment, separation or denial of benefits.

There are some exceptions to this law. Religious and private schools can petition the government for special exemptions. One of the most controversial examples of these exemptions are private colleges run by religious organizations. These schools are allowed to refuse admission to a student in cases where doing otherwise would be 'inconsistent with the religious tenets of the organization.' Some religious institutions see these exemptions as reasonable grounds to disfavor lesbian, gay, non-binary, transgender and intersex individuals.

However, there are a number of private, religious colleges that have a much more accepting and affirming attitude toward LGBTQ students.

Georgetown University in Washington, DC is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in the country and has a reputation for supporting the tenets of Title IX. Georgetown students can gather and get support from the on-campus LGBTQ Resource Center, and the school famously conducts a Lavender Graduation, in which LGBTQ students and allies can celebrate their educational accomplishments.

University of Dayton in Dayton, OH is a Catholic research university that has affirmed and reaffirmed its dedication to non-discrimination. As a part of that spirit of inclusion, the school has an LGBTQ Student Services office, a Pride Week and Ally Training.

College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA is a Jesuit liberal arts college dedicated to fostering a community of respect, dignity and inclusion for all of its students. The LGBTQIA Mentoring Program offers students a chance to connect with faculty and staff who are also members of the community, and they have two dedicated confidential support groups that meet weekly to provide support for all LGBTQ students.

State Non-Discrimination Laws

Below you'll find a list of the states with laws or regulations explicitly protecting LGBTQ students from discrimination, along with a few example schools for the states that do offer protections.


  • Has no laws explicitly protecting LGBTQI students


  • Has no laws explicitly protecting LGBTQI students


  • Has no laws explicitly protecting LGBTQI students


  • Has no laws explicitly protecting LGBTQI students


  • Has a law (Cal. Ed. Code § 234) prohibiting discrimination in schools on the basis of sexual orientation or gender
  • Has a law prohibiting discrimination based on gender, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation in schools on the basis of association with someone with these characteristics

Schools in California

  • Stanford University
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • San Jose State University


  • Has a law (SB 08-200) prohibiting discrimination in schools on the basis of sexual orientation or gender

Schools in Colorado

  • University of Colorado - Denver
  • Colorado College
  • Colorado School of Mines


  • Has a law (Conn. Gen. Stat. 10-15c) prohibiting discrimination in schools on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity

Schools in Connecticut

  • Yale University
  • Trinity College
  • Quinnipiac University


  • Has no laws explicitly protecting LGBTQI students

District of Columbia

  • Has a law (D.C. Code § 2-1402.41) prohibiting discrimination in schools on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation

Schools in the District of Columbia

  • Howard University
  • George Washington University
  • American University


  • Has no laws explicitly protecting LGBTQI students


  • Has no laws explicitly protecting LGBTQI students


  • Has a law (H.B. 1489) prohibiting discrimination in schools on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This law explicitly includes sexual orientation and gender identity in federal Title IX prohibitions
  • Has a code (Hawaii State Board of Education's Student Safety Welfare Policy 4211) prohibiting bullying on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation

Schools in Hawaii

  • University of HawaiĘ»i Maui College
  • Chaminade University
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa


  • Has no laws explicitly protecting LGBTQI students


  • Has a law (S.B. 3266) prohibiting discrimination in schools on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation

Schools in Illinois

  • University of Chicago
  • Northwestern University
  • DePaul University


  • Has no laws explicitly protecting LGBTQI students


  • Has a law (Iowa Code § 216.9) prohibiting discrimination in schools on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity

Schools in Iowa

  • University of Iowa
  • Iowa State University
  • University of Northern Iowa


  • Has no laws explicitly protecting LGBTQI students


  • Has no laws explicitly protecting LGBTQI students


  • Has no laws explicitly protecting LGBTQI students


  • Has a law (5 M.R.S. § 4552) prohibiting discrimination in schools on the basis of sexual orientation

Schools in Maine

  • University of Maine at Augusta
  • Bowdoin College
  • University of Southern Maine


  • Has no laws explicitly protecting LGBTQI students


  • Has a law (Title XII, Chapter 76, Sec. 5) prohibits discrimination in schools on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity

Schools in Massachusetts

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Harvard University
  • Tufts University


  • No state law explicitly protecting LGBT students


  • Has a law (Stat. § 363A.13) prohibiting bullying on the basis of sexual orientation

Schools in Minnesota

  • Minnesota State University
  • Winona State University
  • Bemidji State University


  • Has no laws explicitly protecting LGBTQI students


  • Has no laws explicitly protecting LGBTQI students


  • Has no laws explicitly protecting LGBTQI students


  • Has no laws explicitly protecting LGBTQI students


  • Has no laws explicitly protecting LGBTQI students

New Hampshire

  • Has a law (SB263) prohibiting discrimination in schools on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation

Schools in New Hampshire

  • Keene State College
  • University of New Hampshire
  • Plymouth State University

New Jersey

  • Has a law (N.J. Stat. 10:5-12(11)(f) prohibiting discrimination in schools on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity

Schools in New Jersey

  • The College of New Jersey
  • Rutgers University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology

New Mexico

  • Has no laws explicitly protecting LGBTQI students
  • There is a provision (NM Administrative Code that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation

Schools in New Mexico

  • New Mexico State University
  • San Juan College
  • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

New York

  • Has a law (A.B. 3661) prohibiting discrimination in schools on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity

Schools in New York

  • Columbia University
  • State University of New York (64 campuses)
  • Pace University

North Carolina

  • Has no laws explicitly protecting LGBTQI students

North Dakota

  • Has no laws explicitly protecting LGBTQI students


  • Has no laws explicitly protecting LGBTQI students


  • Has no laws explicitly protecting LGBTQI students


  • Has a law (ORS § 659.850) prohibiting discrimination in schools on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Portland State University
  • University of Oregon
  • Oregon Institute of Technology


  • The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission released the Guidance on Discrimination on the Basis of Sex under the Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act (PFEOA), which extends the definition of 'sex' to include gender identity and sexual orientation

Schools in Pennsylvania

  • Penn State University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • University of Pittsburgh

Rhode Island

  • Has a law (16 R.I. Gen. Laws § 16-21-33) that prohibits bullying on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity

Schools in Rhode Island

  • Brown University
  • University of Rhode Island
  • Rhode Island School of Design

South Carolina

  • Has no laws explicitly protecting LGBTQI students

South Dakota

  • Has no laws explicitly protecting LGBTQI students


  • Has no laws explicitly protecting LGBTQI students


  • Has no laws explicitly protecting LGBTQI students


  • Has no laws explicitly protecting LGBTQI students
  • Utah Educator Professional Standards has a regulation (Utah Administrative Code Rule R277-515) prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation

Schools in Utah

  • Southern Utah University
  • Utah State University
  • Weber State University


  • Has a law (Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 9, § 4502) prohibiting discrimination in schools (public facilities) on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation

Schools in Vermont

  • University of Vermont
  • Vermont Technical College
  • Northern Vermont University


  • Has no laws explicitly protecting LGBTQI students


  • Has a law (RCW 28A.642.010) prohibiting discrimination in schools on the basis of either sexual orientation or gender identity

Schools in Washington

  • Everett Community College
  • Washington State University
  • The Evergreen State College

West Virginia

  • Has no laws explicitly protecting LGBTQI students


  • Has no laws explicitly protecting LGBTQI students


  • Has no laws explicitly protecting LGBTQI students
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