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LGBT Students Harassed At Colleges Nationwide

HUFFINGTONPOST.COM - A recent report from advocacy group Campus Pride found that many lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals feel uncomfortable on campus.

Approximately 25 percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual students and university employees have been harassed due to their sexual orientation, as well as a third of those who identify as transgender, according to the study and reported by the Chronicle of Higher Education. The study asked 5,150 people at about 100 colleges about their experiences last year.

The report, titled "The 2010 State of Higher Education for LGBT People," was conducted by Campus Pride's Q Research Institution of Higher Education. Although previous studies have shown that LGBT students are consistently discriminated against throughout elementary and high school, this report (available for purchase through Campus Pride) is the first to document incidences of harassment at the collegiate level.

According to the Miami Herald, Dr. Susan Rankin, the primary author of the report, concluded: "Unequivocally, the 2010 State of Higher Education for LGBT People demonstrates that LGBTQ students, faculty and staff experience a 'chilly' campus climate of harassment and far less than welcoming campus communities."

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