Campus Pride

the leading national organization for lgbt college students & groups

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April is Campus Pride Month; Time to celebrate & educate on LGBTQ issues with Campus Pride

ampus Pride has the tools and resources you need to organize and manage programs on campus

slide_AprilCPmonth2014Spring time marks the launch of Pride festivals and national celebratory gatherings happening across the United States honoring LGBT culture and inclusion. College campuses are following suit by planning and supporting Pride Weeks on campus. Campus Pride can help your student organization plan the ideal events for your LGBT and ally community.

This April is Campus Pride Month. We are hosting events and encouraging college campuses to participate by utilizing our resources and Speakers Bureau to amplify your Pride Week, LGBT events and plan ahead for your LGBT programming 2014-15.

Students can participate in Campus Pride Month through a variety of ways:

Learn about Campus Pride resources

Campus Pride offers free resources for students to access including tools to assist with Leadership and OrganizingActivism and Advocacy and Event Planning and Fundraising.

Book a speaker through the Campus Pride Speakers Bureau

The new Campus Pride Speakers Bureau provides access to LGBT and ally speakers who specialize in LGBT issues such as Bias and Hate Crime Prevention, Bisexuality Awareness, Athletic Inclusion as well as singer/songwriters and entertainers.  Book your speaker now!

Plan an awareness event

Use Campus Pride tools and resources to organize students on your campus by creating events that bring awareness to LGBT issues. Use the Speakers Bureau and our leadership tools on the Campus Pride website to brainstorm and take action!

Join the digital conversation

During the month of April use the hashtag #leadwithpride to join in the conversations on TwitterFacebook and Instagram. Post photos of your Pride Week and events, share what your campus is doing for Campus Pride Month and learn more about how Campus Pride can support your LGBT student needs.

Plan to attend Campus Pride Events

April 7: Google+ Hangout – “LGBTQ Campus Organizing & Resources” 

Featuring Campus Pride LGBTQ student leaders
Hosted by: Rebby Kern, Programs Manager with Campus Pride

Hang out with LGBTQ college student leaders and hear firsthand what they are doing during Campus Pride Month as well as throughout the year to create positive LGBTQ change. Identify how you can best achieve success in your campus organizing, how to use your student voice to create action and how to overcome any barriers along the way. Campus Pride will also share free valuable resources online to help with your campus organizing.

Click here to watch live!

April 10: National Youth HIV AIDS Awareness Day #NYHAAD

National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day is a day to educate the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young people as well as highlight the amazing work young people are doing across the country to fight the HIV & AIDS epidemic.

April 11-13: Campus Pride Out & Greek Conference

in parternship with AFLV West in San Diego, CA

The Out and Greek LGBT & Ally Conference is the only conference of its kind for LGBT and ally fraternity and sorority leaders to share, network and learn strategies to create safer, more LGBT inclusive fraternity and sorority communities.

Now you can:

  • Learn how to become an effective straight ally
  • Share your story of coming out and being Greek
  • Network with other LGBT and ally fraternity and sorority leaders
  • Learn strategies for your organization and community to be safer and more LGBT friendly

Campus Pride is the leading national educational organization for LGBTQ and ally college students and campus groups building future leaders and safer, more LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. The organization provides resources and services to thousands of college students and nearly 1400 campuses annually. Learn more online at CampusPride.org.

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Campus Pride hosts Google+ Hangout: “Finding a LGBT-Friendly Campus & Scholarships” next Wednesday, March 26

Campus Pride hosts Google+ Hangout to share how to find an LGBT-friendly college as well as other resources helpful for college preparation

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Next Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 6pm EST Campus Pride will be hosting a Google+ Hangout: “Finding a LGBT-Friendly Campus & Scholarships.” Student leaders around the country, Campus Pride Executive Director Shane Windmeyer and a Point Foundation scholar will be joining us to share about their experience finding LGBT-friendly campuses, scholarships and how they prepared for college as an out LGBT student.

Click here to join Campus Pride on the Google+ Hangout – March 26, 2014 6pm EST.

Campus Pride supports students in finding the right LGBT-friendly college and providing the resources to be successful in college preparation.  The Google+ Hangout will review what is available to LGBT youth today as well as highlight the new Campus Pride LGBT-friendly Scholarship Database, launched in partnership with The Point Foundation, as well the Campus Pride Index and Campus Pride Map, tools to discover resources and LGBT presence on college campuses. Additionally, there will be information shared about the Campus Pride National LGBT-Friendly College Fair Program hosted in eight cities. Join us and ask questions on how to find a college that fits your needs as well as learn about funding resources to help you get there.

Campus Pride is the leading national educational organization for LGBTQ and ally college students and campus groups building future leaders and safer, more LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. The organization provides resources and services to thousands of college students and nearly 1400 campuses annually. Learn more online at CampusPride.org.

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Campus Pride signs onto local Charlotte LGBT organization letter calling on changes to anti-LGBT policies and funding of St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Local LGBT leaders call for changes to anti-LGBT policies and funding at St. Patrick’s Day Parade, ask Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority CEO to withdraw as grand marshal

Photo of Charlotte NC St. Patrick's Day Parade 2012CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-based national nonprofit Campus Pride joins several local organization leaders of Charlotte’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community today calling for significant policy changes and an end to anti-LGBT funding by Charlotte’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival.  The event is planned for tomorrow, Saturday, March 15, 2014, in Uptown Charlotte. Additionally, the leaders are calling on Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) CEO Tom Murray to withdraw as the parade’s grand marshal and stop his organization’s future support of the event until changes are made.

The Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade Foundation currently bans rainbow flags when used by LGBT groups marching in their parade. In the past, organizers have also stripped out the words “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender” from the descriptions of groups marching in the parade, as read by emcees during the event.

The undersigned leaders are encouraged that St. Patrick’s Day organizers have never forcefully excluded LGBT marching contingents and are hopeful they will make immediate changes to their practices at their parade tomorrow.

But, the leaders note with great concern that a portion of the proceeds from the parade and/or festival will benefit the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organization that spent $15.8 million on anti-LGBT marriage campaigns and other anti-LGBT causes from 2005-2012, according to a report from Equally Blessed, a national organization of LGBT Catholics.

The undersigned leaders are publicly calling upon St. Patrick’s Day event organizers to change their policies and immediately halt all funding of the Knights of Columbus. The national Knights group was one of the largest contributors to the National Organization for Marriage, whose president has compared gays to pedophiles and whose nearly $500,000 contribution in 2012 was the single largest contribution received by proponents of North Carolina’s anti-gay constitutional amendment.

Furthermore, the undersigned leaders call on CRVA CEO Tom Murray to withdraw as the parade’s grand marshal and halt his organization’s support of the St. Patrick’s Day events until these changes are made and publicly communicated. There is no reason why the CRVA, partly funded by taxpayer dollars, should associate itself with an event that funds an organization known for anti-LGBT advocacy that seeks to strip LGBT North Carolinians and Americans of their rights and dignity.

The undersigned leaders also note the similarity between Charlotte’s St. Patrick’s Day policies and those of similar events in Boston and New York City, where LGBT people, including in the past an Irish LGBT group, have also been told they cannot march or participate openly or with the flag which represents their community and identity.

Charlotte deserves civic events and governmental agencies that will welcome all of the Queen City’s residents and citizens openly, equally and with dignity.

Signed,

Scott Bishop

Chair, Mecklenburg LGBT Political Action Committee

Matt Comer

Editor, QNotes

Janice Covington

Chair, 12th Congressional District, LGBT Democrats of North Carolina

Chair, 29th Precinct, Charlotte, N.C.

Sarah Demarest

Attorney

Anthony Dondero

President, UNCC Trans* Port

Tommy Feldman, Editor

Charlotte Pocket Rocket Guide

Ann Gonzales

Director, Charlotte Business Guild

Chris Gray

Member, LGBT Community Center of Charlotte Board Trustees

Glenn Griffin

Operations Director, LGBT Community Center of Charlotte

Richard Grimstad

Co-Director, Charlotte Pride

Mel Hartsell, MSW

Jamie Hildreth

Member, Mecklenburg LGBT Political Action Committee

Development Chair, Charlotte Pride

Jonathan Hill

Entertainment Chair, Charlotte Pride

Craig Hopkins

Co-Director, Charlotte Pride

Laura Maschal

LGBT Community Activist

Chad Sevearance

President, Charlotte Business Guild

Rodney Tucker

Executive Director, Time Out Youth

Natasha W. Tutt

Vice President, Charlotte Business Guild

Dave Webb

Parade Chair, Charlotte Pride

Lacey Williams

LGBT Community Organizer

Shane Windmeyer

Executive Director, Campus Pride

Mark Wisniewski

Publisher, Visit Gay Charlotte

Jim Yarbrough

Publisher, QNotes

Lee Ziglar

President, UNCC Spectrum

Connie Vetter

Attorney
Signatories as of 1:30pm on Friday, 3/14/14. If you wish to sign onto this letter, please contact Matt Comer at editor@goqnotes.com

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OUT & GREEK LGBT & Ally National Leadership Conference Encourages LGBT-Inclusion Within Greek Life Systems

Registration is now open for OUT & GREEK LGBT and Ally Conference 2014. Attendees will gain tools to create safer environments within Greek life systems and more inclusive fraternities and sororities.

Lesbian, gay and bisexual and transgender (LGBT) fraternities & sororities are on the rise. Now, more than ever, Greek life chapters are adopting inclusive policies to create safer spaces for LGBT siblings and siblings. The Campus Pride OUT & Greek National Leadership Conference assists in developing leaders to more effectively create safe spaces within Greek life.

Greek systems are becoming aware of the ‘macho’ and hyper feminine stereotypes of Greek life. Additionally, chapters have become more involved politically with LGBT issues. These inclusions are to provide members with access to Greek life without fear of homophobic behavior or attitudes by fellow members.

“Indeed, LGBT visibility is growing within all fraternal organizations at colleges and universities.  Since 1995, our organization has provided critical resources for Greek leaders to implement LGBTQ inclusion among chapters, including our annual OUT & Greek National Leadership Conference,” said Shane Windmeyer, Executive Director of Campus Pride. “OUT & Greek allows all types of fraternal organizations a place to come and ensure Greek life is welcoming to all students regardless of their LGBT identity.”

Here is a list of some sororities and fraternities that cater to the LGBT community:

Sororities

  • Alpha Lambda Zeta – fraternity for people who identify as aggressive lesbians
  • Gamma Rho Lambda — sorority for people of any race or sexual orientation
  • Kappa Alpha Lambda – sorority for feminine lesbian people
  • Omicron Epsilon Pi — sorority for lesbians, particularly of color

Fraternities

  • Delta Lambda Phi – fraternity for gay, bisexual, transgender and progressive people
  • Sigma Phi Beta – fraternity for gay, straight, bisexual and transgender people which split off from Alpha Lambda Tau (now defunct) in 2003
  • Sigma Epsilon Omega – fraternity for gay, bisexual and transgender people; open to all regardless of identity, UC Berkley

Gender Neutral

  • Delta Lambda Psi – queer gender-neutral fraternity/sorority at the University of California, Santa Cruz

LGBT-Inclusive

  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Theta Delta Chi
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Beta Theta Pi

Campus Pride is hosting the OUT & Greek LGBT & Ally Conference  in partnership with the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values (AFLV).

The OUT & Greek LGBT & Ally Conference is the only conference of its kind for LGBT and ally fraternity and sorority leaders to share, network and learn strategies to create safer, more LGBT-inclusive fraternity and sorority communities.

2014 Out & Greek Conference 2014

Registration for the Campus Pride Out & Greek LGBT & Ally Conference 2014 is now open.

Register Now

The outcomes for Out & Greek conference attendees include:

  • Learn how to become an effective straight ally
  • Share stories of coming out and being Greek
  • Network with other LGBT and ally fraternity and sorority leaders
  • Learn strategies for your organization and community to be safer and more LGBT-friendly

Read more about the keynote presenters and workshops available at the OUT & Greek LGBT & Ally Conference.

Campus Pride is the leading national educational organization for LGBTQ and ally college students and campus groups building future leaders and safer, more LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. The organization provides resources and services to thousands of college students and nearly 1400 campuses annually. Learn more online at www.campuspride.org.

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Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington & Sarah McBride join Campus Pride Board of Directors

As part of our strategic plan, we are building our board leadership and strengthening our internal resources for the growing demand and future direction of Campus Pride.  Both of these recent board selections support our vision and we know that their contributions will be invaluable.”

(CHARLOTTE, NC) – Today Campus Pride announced the addition of Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington and Sarah McBride as new members of the Campus Pride Board of Directors. The current Campus Pride Board of Directors comprises 10 directors and two ex-officio members.

“Campus Pride is proud to announce Jamie and Sarah as our newest additions to the Board of Directors.  Both of these individuals have tremendous experience, skills and resources to support Campus Pride in our mission and future development efforts,” said John Witherington, Board chairperson. “As part of our strategic plan, we are building our board leadership and strengthening our internal resources for the growing demand and future direction of Campus Pride.  Both of these recent board selections are in alignment with our vision and we know that their contributions will be invaluable.”

RevWashington041709Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington serves as the President and Founder of the Washington Consulting Group, a Multicultural Organizational Development Firm out of Baltimore, MD.  Dr. Washington has served as an educator and administrator in higher education for over 29 years. He’s served as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs;  an Instructor in Sociology, American Studies and Education, and an Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).   A native Philadelphian, Dr. Washington earned his B.S. degree in Therapeutic Recreation and Music from Slippery Rock State College, and a double Masters’ of Science degrees from Indiana University/Bloomington in Higher Education Administration and Counseling, with a concentration in Human Sexuality. He holds a Ph.D. is in College Student Development, with a concentration in Multicultural Education from the University of Maryland College Park. Dr. Washington also holds a Masters of Divinity from Howard University School of Divinity with a concentration on Pastoral Care and Christian Social Ethics.

th-1Sarah McBride recently completed her undergraduate degree at American University. During her time at American University, Sarah served as student body president from May 2011 to May 2012 and helped to expand opportunities and enhance policies for LGBT students, women, students of color, people with disabilities, and students of varying economic backgrounds. At the end of her term, Sarah made national headlines when she came out as transgender in the student newspaper. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Sarah currently serves on the Board of Directors of Equality Delaware, the state’s primary LGBT-advocacy and -educational organization. In that capacity, Sarah helped lead and served as the primary spokesperson for the successful effort to add gender identity and expression to her state’s nondiscrimination and hate-crimes laws during the 2013 legislative session. In 2008 she served as a field organizer for Gov. Jack Markell’s (D-DE) campaign and in 2010 as field director for Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden’s re-election effort.  Sarah currently works at the Center for American Progress on LGBT issues and prior to her employment, she interned for the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and the White House.

Founded in 2001, Campus Pride is the leading national educational organization building future leaders and safer, more LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) and ally college students and campus groups. Campus Pride is known for its landmark programs and services such as the award-winning Campus Pride Index, Stop The Hate Train the Trainer and Camp Pride Social Justice Leadership Academy.  As the largest college student leader network in the country, Campus Pride serves thousands of college students and nearly 1400 campuses annually.

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Campus Pride Map identifies LGBT student groups, support services across the U.S. on college campuses

Now you can find LGBT student groups, LGBT student centers and Safe Zone programs on campuses across the country. Campus Pride launched the Campus Pride Map as a free online resource, which is part of the Campus Pride Student Leader Network of thousands of college students actively engaged to make campuses a safer, more welcoming place for everyone.

The Campus Pride Map is the largest, most up-to-date resource of its kind, expanding daily to provide LGBT support to colleges and universities across the country.

“There has never been one place to go to find LGBT student groups, LGBT student centers and support services all in one spot before.  The Campus Pride Map does just that and it allows you to contact the campus directly from the site,” said Shane Windmeyer, Executive Director of Campus Pride. “Our hope is that this map will be an invaluable tool to aid students and their campuses to do outreach within their own state and region of the country.”

Campus Pride notes that the map does need more data and the organization is adding new resources to the map daily. If you’re aware of a LGBT student group or resource not listed, users can add or update data directly on the map at any time.

“The only way this resource is going to grow and be more effective is if we get others to help us add and update the listing. So be sure your campus is listed,” Windmeyer said.

Search the Campus Pride Map online now.

Campus Pride is the leading national educational organization for LGBTQ and ally college students and campus groups building future leaders and safer, more LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities.  The organization provides resources and services to thousands of college students and nearly 1400 campuses annually.  

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Just Announced: Pre-Register for Camp Pride 2014 & Save $250 before December 13, 2013

Save $250

Pre-Register Now for Camp Pride & Advisor Bootcamp

Lowest Rate until December 13, 2013

Now you can PRE-REGISTER your college/university to attend the Camp Pride and the Advisor Bootcamp.  You may designate who will attend at a later time; however, to RESERVE YOUR SPACE and receive the LOWEST CAMP RATE, you must pay before the deadline.

$745 Special Discount Offer

Registration includes educational curriculum, all program materials, accommodation for five nights and meals as well as entertainment and activities.

PRE-REGISTER NOW

13783204449352249297_496ae5c8c3_bAfter December 13, you will pay an early rate of $845 and a regular rate of $995. LIMITED CAPACITY, PRE-REGISTER NOW. 

Campus Pride’s 8th annual Camp Pride and the 4th annual LGBT Professional Academy for Advisors will take place July 15-20, 2014. Both Camp Pride for undergraduate students and LGBT Professional Academy for Advisors are hosted in tandem with each other. LGBT and ally students are encouraged to bring their staff advisors for the professional academy.

Camp Pride Summer Leadership Camp

Let’s go camp! Now you can develop friendships for a lifetime with other LGBT and ally college students, build your leadership skills, and take action as a social justice advocate for a safer and more inclusive campus. Learn More

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LGBT Professional Academy for Advisors (aka Advisor Bootcamp)

Now your advisor can go to camp by attending the LGBT Professional Academy for Advisors (aka Advisor Bootcamp). The five day skill-building retreat occurs in tandem with Camp Pride and is designed for professionals who work with and, or support LGBT and ally people/issues.  Learn More

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Go! Athletes Launches #Out4Olympics Campaign Featuring LGBT Athletes and Coaches Worldwide

Campus Pride  partner, GO! Athletes, launched their newest campaign on Aug 28, 2013. The #Out4Olympics campaign brings lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, LGBT, athletes and coaches together from across the world to show support for one another.

The #Out4Olympics campaign is designed to enhance messages of inclusion as the nearing 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Despite Russia’s harsh anti-LGBT laws, athletes of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and backgrounds will come together in Sochi in hopes of achieving Olympic glory. By choosing to compete in Russia, many LGBT athletes will soon make a global statement for equality through participation and competition on the world’s stage.

“As the first national network of LGBT athletes in the United States, we at GO! Athletes believe now is a critical time to come #Out4Olympics.”

GO! Athletes has created a special Twibbon image that participants are able to apply to their Facebook and Twitter profile pages to publicly show their involvement in the campaign. GO! Athletes will take the images of LGBT athletes and coaches and compile a book, which will be given to the International Olympic Committee, US Department of State, and other key governing stakeholders.

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Having Campus Pride on a Christian Campus By Eliel Cruz

A Blog on Campus Pride in Faith by Eliel Cruz, Intercollegiate Adventist Gay-Straight Alliance Coalition.

I attend Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan; the flagship academic institution of the Seventh-day Adventist church. My freshmen year at Andrews University I remember telling my mother that my “sexual orientation and Adventist administration” would never be in the same room again. I was going to a private Christian University who tend to have a reputation for being discriminatory towards LGBTQ people.
sda-logoFirst some quick history on the Seventh-day Adventist Church: Seventh-day Adventism grew out of Methodism and the Millerite movement and dates back to the 1800′s. In addition to anticipating the Second Advent of Jesus Christ, a distinguishing belief is keeping Sabbath on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. Adventists keep Sabbath more similarly as the Jewish tradition than other Christians, and the rhythm, belief and community around Sabbath is a core component of this faith. And then there are a host of other cultural traditions — like (mostly) being vegetarian, abstaining from alcohol, tobacco, dancing, sometimes even caffeine and movies. Like the majority of evangelical Christian denominations, The Seventh-day Adventist church condemns homosexuality.  So why would a self identifying bisexual male willingly attend a Seventh-day Adventist educational institution?

For Full Text: http://www.campuspride.org/having-campus-pride-on-a-christian-campus/

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