Campus Pride, an organization for LGBT student leaders and campus groups, has released its first list of the U.S. colleges and universities that are the most friendly to transgender students. The top 10 list includes schools like
"The best institutions are doing more and more, so we want to capture that and recognize that they're going above and beyond," said Genny Beemyn, director of the Stonewall Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the scholar whose research helped guide the list.
Schools' policies were also examined on whether or not their student health care insurance covered hormone and surgical procedures for those transitioning gender. Beemyn said both UIC and U. of C. cover hormone treatment, but neither cover surgical procedures.
Others in the top 10 were:
Campus Pride said the top 10 list reflects where higher education has succeeded, and failed, at times, to protect those who are gender-nonconforming or transgender.
"I wish that more progress had been done to this point," Beemyn said, adding that the
Beemyn and Campus Pride said that as students are becoming increasingly comfortable with sharing their gender identity, more schools should take steps to help the trans men and women on their campus.