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Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals joins 24 national organizations on letter asking Common Application to include questions on gender identity and sexual orientation on college admission standard form 


August 5, 2015


New York, N.Y. – The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals has joined with other organizations requesting the addition of optional demographic questions related to gender identity and sexual orientation to the Common Application. A full copy of the letter sent via electronic communication, and the full list of the 24 National Organizations who have signed onto the letter,  is available online at:

The Common Application form evaluates prospective students for admission at over 500 colleges, universities and other organizations in 47 states and the District of Columbia and internationally. A growing numberof colleges and universities are asking students their gender identity and sexual orientation on admissions forms, either by having questions on their own application materials or by adding supplemental questions to their Common Application.

Institutions with gender identity and sexual orientation identity questions on their applications include Duke University, Elmhurst College, Elon University, MIT, Northeastern Illinois University, the Ohio State University, Purdue University, the University of Iowa, the University of Maryland, Connecticut College, the University of California system and all two-year colleges in California and Washington.

In 2011, The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals and Campus Pride requested that changes to the Common Application include optional questions on gender identity and sexual orientation. The request was denied.

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Wednesday, August 05, 2015 12:48 PM

Transgender Rights Toolkit - Joint Document with Lambda Legal

Contact: Matt Bruno & D.A. Dirks, Co-Chairs, [email protected]

“Everyone deserves to receive an education free from harassment, discrimination and violence. Yet these problems commonly plague transgender students pursuing a university degree, sometimes even before they set foot on campus,” therefore the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, in collaboration with Lambda Legal, announces the publication of the Transgender Rights Toolkit: A Legal Guide for Trans People and Their Advocates available at:

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Thursday, June 11, 2015 10:13 AM

Erasure of Student Mural at Marquette University

The Consortium was disappointed to learn of the dismissal of Susannah Bartlow, our colleague at the Marquette University Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, and the related erasure of a student-created mural at the Resource Center. We are particularly concerned about the message sent by Bartlow’s dismissal and its impact on students at Marquette. In late May, Marquette officials learned of the existence of this mural and removed both the mural and Bartlow from campus. The mural was painted by students on one wall of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center in March of 2015. Students, including members of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority (a historically Black Greek Letter Organization), intentionally chose Assata Shakur as a subject for the mural in order to highlight the life of an activist Black woman.

By erasing the mural, Marquette officials are erasing an opportunity for Black women to feel represented on campus. Shakur is a controversial figure because of her alleged involvement in a number of violent acts, including murdering a state trooper in 1977, and later escaping from prison in 1979. At the same time, Shakur is also an author, an activist, and a scholar. Her philosophy and actions continue to shape higher education through inclusion in many academic courses, particularly in the realm of Critical Race Theory.  For example, a student group at the City University of New York (which Shakur attended) is currently Her legacy is one that deserves discussion, debate, and academic inquiry, rather than censorship. 

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015 12:00 AM

Inclusive Excellence:
Ensuring Inclusive Campuses for LGBTQ Students, Staff, and Faculty

Friday, June 26, 2015
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
University at Albany - SUNY


Check out our institute guide now!

altThe Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, in conjunction with the University at Albany - SUNY, is proud to offer this opportunity to higher education professionals as an opportunity to connect with colleagues across the region & country, discuss emerging trends in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) student services, and share knowledge and struggles regarding specific campus policies. 

This day-long event is a fabulous opportunity to engage with current trends in higher education for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people. We will discuss the needs of LGBTQA students, staff, and faculty. Sessions will highlight emerging practices in gender identity inclusion, policy, research, and student support. The institute is appropriate for all experience levels and professional roles. 

Please join the event on Twitter by following @LGBTcampus and checking out #lgbtqAlbany.

Sponsored by the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, the University at Albany - SUNY, and the SUNY Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

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Monday, April 06, 2015 02:17 PM

Record Number of Reported LGBT Homicides So Far In 2015

In the last two years, the transgender community has seen some historic gains. A series of legal victories made it easier for transgender people to receive health care and find jobs. A transgender actress made the cover of Time Magazine, paired with an article called “The Transgender Tipping Point.”

But a haunting reality persists, untouched by the good news: Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people continue to be killed because of who they are. A record 14 homicides of LGBT people have been reported so far in 2015, according to an open letter released Thursday by the Anti-Violence Project, an advocacy group that publishes an annual report on LGBT violence.

Half of the victims were transgender women of color, the AVP reported.

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