While June is celebrated as the first official month of summer, it has also become widely celebrated as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month. June 2021 marks the Anniversary of the first Gay Pride March, which took place in New York City on June 28, 1970. Pride was first celebrated on the one year anniversary of the Stonewell Uprising, a major historical moment that became the tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. The Stonewell riots took place in New York City after police raided the Stonewell Inn, a gay and lesbian bar in Greenwich Village. The riots turned violent and went on for some time as individuals of the queer community organized into activist groups in order to advocate for more places to gather without fear of their orientation. Today, the Stonewell Uprising and the progress made since that evening 52 years ago, are celebrated all month long through parades, film festivals and rallies around the world.But the celebration doesn’t stop there. Many college students around the country exhibit their Pride all year long with the help of colleges and universities. According to College Choice, here are six key indicators that a college is an LGBTQ-friendly institution: • Clear non-discrimination policies in place • Vibrant LGBTQ student life and community • Educational opportunities on LGBTQ subject matter, including courses and majors • Gender-inclusive housing and restrooms • LGBTQ-specific health care options • Active campus safety training and procedures to assist the LGBTQ community Though most colleges across the country work hard to implement these six principles, we want to highlight 10 college campuses that do this particularly well. With the help of College Choice and Great Value Colleges, we’re counting down the top 10 LGBTQ colleges and universities in the United States.
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