Near-perfect scores from an annual LGBT ranking of colleges puts two Houston schools on top of the state heap for LGBT-friendliness, but they’re not the only Texas campus on top – or on bottom.
Southern-bred Campus Pride compiles its annual gay index of colleges and universities for parents and students to consider when choosing the right school, and both Rice and University of Houston’s main campus notched 4.5 out of five stars when it comes to LGBT academic life, LGBT student life and LGBT housing.
This is the second honor of gayest and greatest for Rice in as many weeks, but in the new Campus Pride Index, neither it nor UH are named in the elite Top 50 LGBT-friendliest Campuses. They are just a half-point away, so it's quite a victory. Even better for up-and-coming students, the list of participating campuses grows each year, according to Campus Pride co-founder Shane Windemeyer.
“For six years in a row, Campus Pride has seen an increase in the number of campuses coming out as LGBT-friendly and making notable improvements to LGBT academic life, so we decided to honor 50 campuses with our national distinction,” Windmeyer says in a prepared statement with the release of the 2014 results. “Today the Campus Pride Index has over 425 campuses featured online and for the first time ever we have 56 campuses who achieved the highest five stars overall rating, the largest number to date.”
None of the 14 Texas schools in the Campus Pride Index made a perfect score, but several did very well. Others, not so much. In what we’ll call the Hall of Fame cut, UT-Austin matched Rice and UH with 4.5 out of five stars, and SMU earned 4 stars. Walking the midline are Texas A&M, TSU and UT-San Antonio (3.5) and UT-Arlington (3).
Plodding our own LGBT Walk of Shame for the state are UH-Clear Lake (2.5), UT-Panamerican in Edinburgh (2), Sam Houston State in Huntsville (1.5) and Navarro College in Corsicana (1). Of course, the likes of Baylor, Tech and TCU didn’t even participate, so there’s that.
View the full Campus Pride Index.