Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Wake Forest University # 17 on Princeton Review top 20 list of colleges with low acceptance of gays

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According to an article published by the Washington Blade, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, is number 17 on the top 20 list of colleges with low acceptance of gays. The list was compiled through a survey doen by the Princeton Review, which also put out a list of the top 20 most gay-friendly colleges. Although UNCG made the Princeton Review's list of the best 361 colleges and the list of best value colleges, it did not make it on either list concerning LGBT students. According to the article:
Based on surveys answered by 110,000 students, the Princeton Review created the 2006 edition of “The Best 361 Colleges” and included best and worst rankings for food, partying, academics and quality of life for gay students. Ninety percent of the survey was conducted online and the rest of the responses were filled out by students in high-traffic campus areas across the country, according to the Princeton Review. Organizers sent out an e-mail blast to undergraduates nationwide asking them to participate in the survey. On average, 300 students were surveyed from each school. Out of the 70 questions asked, one was: “Do students, faculty, and administrators at your college treat all persons equally regardless of their sexual orientations?”
===== Wake Forest University was recently awarded by PFLAG Winston-Salem for being gay-friendly. I guess the students who actually go there feel differently. Although Wake Forest's administration might have done great things in order to try to make the college more gay-friendly, it obviously hasn't helped the situation. From the many people I know who go to Wake Forest, from growing up in Winston-Salem near Wake Forest and from being a member of Wake Forest Baptist Church (which is very accepting, although the school isn't), I think I can say with good conscience that it is probably an accurate result that the school ended up on the list of worst schools for LGBT folks.