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New survey reached students attending colleges with policies that restrict students from exploring their LGBTQ+ identities.


LGBTQ+ students attending Christian colleges and universities with anti-LGBTQ+ policies are 15 times more likely to report that their sexuality or gender identity kept them from being accepted by others on campus compared to their peers, according to a new survey of 3,000 students conducted by the surveying company College Pulse on behalf of the Religious Exemption Accountability Project (REAP), which promotes equality for LGBTQ+ students at Christian colleges. (College Pulse conducts surveys for Inside Higher Ed ‘s Student Voice project, but Inside Higher Ed played no role in this survey.)

Many Christian colleges have policies that restrict students from expressing their LGBTQ+ identities.

“Not only are LGBTQ+ students more likely to feel like they do not belong to their campus community, they are also more likely to experience disciplinary action from their institutions themselves. Some face mandatory counseling, reparative therapy, and loss of campus privileges when their identities are brought to the attention of campus administration,” Paul Carlos Southwick, the director of REAP, said in a statement. “What’s more: This discrimination and abuse is funded by taxpayers. These findings should serve as a wake-up call for all higher education stakeholders to address the ongoing abuses taking place at publicly […]

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