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Religious Universities Living Up to LGBTQ Values of Inclusion

LGBTQ-Friendly or Not: Closer Look at Most Welcoming Cities
 

 

LGBTQ Affirming

 

Gay-friendly or LGBTQ-friendly are phrases that refer to places, policies, people or institutions that are open and welcoming to all members of the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ-friendly organizations and institutions seek to create an environment that is inclusive, accepting, supportive and affirming of gay people and their relationships, respectful of all people, treat all people equally, and are non-judgmental and non-discriminatory.

 

This is typically a late 20th-century North American term that is the byproduct of both a gradual implementation of gay rights and acceptance of policies supportive of LGBTQ people in the workplace and in schools, as well as the recognition of gays and lesbians as a distinct consumer group for businesses.

 

HRC Corporate Equality Index 2018

LGBTQ Friendly College List 2018

Study Abroad: Most LGBTQ Friendly Countries

LGBTQ Friendly Cities

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Most Progressive, Diverse, Inclusive Universities in US

LGBTQ Friendly Drug/Alcohol Rehab Centers Near You

Businesses That Stand Up for LGBTQ Customers

Best LGBTQ And Gay-Friendly Rehab Centers

US News: More Cities Move to Protect LGBTQ Rights

Advocate Mag: LGBTQ Friendly Hospitals

Safest Countries For LGBTQ Travelers, Ranked In New 2023 Report
HRC: Healthcare Equality Index 2018

QueerCos: Search for LGBTQ-Owned Businesses

LGBTQ-Friendly or Not: Closer Look at Most Welcoming Cities
Best Countries for LGBTQ Visitors

 

LGBTQ Friendly Colleges

 

Campus Pride works alongside students, faculty, staff, and administrators at 1400+ campuses annually to help support and improve the quality of campus life for LGBTQ people. “LGBTQ youth and families want to know what campuses are doing when it comes to inclusive policies, programs and practices,” said Shane Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride and creator of the Campus Pride Index. What does it take to make the list? An institution had to score the highest percentages in the LGBTQ-friendly benchmarks for policies, programs and practices.

 

Augsburg University – Minneapolis, MN
Elon University – Elon, NC
Guilford College – Guilford, NC
Harvey Mudd College – Claremont, CA
Indiana University Bloomington – Bloomington, IN
Ithaca College – Ithaca, NY
Kansas State University – Manhattan, KS
Lehigh University – Bethlehem, PA
Macalester College – Saint Paul, MN
Montclair State University – Montclair, NJ
Ohio State University – Columbus, OH
Pennsylvania State University – University Park, PA
Portland State University – Portland, OR
Princeton University – Princeton, NJ
Rutgers State Univ of New Jersey – New Brunswick, NJ
San Diego State University – San Diego, CA
Southern Oregon University – Ashland, OR
Tufts University – Medford, MA

University of Colorado at Boulder – Boulder, CO
University of Kentucky – Lexington, KY
University of Louisville – Louisville, KY
University of Maryland, College Park – College Park, MD
University of Massachusetts Amherst – Amherst, MA
University of Oregon – Eugene, OR
University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, PA
University of Washington – Seattle, WA
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, WI
University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, WI
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, WI
Washington State University – Pullman, WA

 

 

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LGBTQ Friendly Companies

 

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) issues its annual Corporate Equality Index to inform the general public about the level of LGBTQ support they can expect from the Fortune 500 companies. Based on their rating system, here are some of the companies that earned a perfect score:

 

Wal-Mart

Chevron

Starbucks

Apple Computers

General Motors

Macy's

Coca-Cola

Goldman Sachs

American Airlines

CVS Health

Toys R Us

Hershey

AT&T

Verizon Communications

Nestle Purina

Proctor & Gamble

Sony

Wells Fargo

Time Warner

Home Depot

JC Penney

McDonald's

Hasbro

Accenture

Ernst & Young

Nike

Dow Chemical

Deloitte

Marriott

Johnson & Johnson

UPS

Campbell's Soup

Pepsico

Walt Disney

Hyundai

New York Life

General Electric

Morgan Stanley

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream

American Eagle Outfitters

Toyota

General Mills

Barnes & Noble Bookstore

Anheuser-Busch

Google

Levi Strauss

Mattel

Nationwide

Ford Motor Company

Delta Airlines

IBM

Hewlett Packard

Shell Oil

Boeing

Colgate Palmolive

MetLife

Glaxo Smith Kline

Hallmark Cards

Netflix

United Airlines

 

HRC Corporate Equality Index 2018

LGBTQ Friendly College List 2018

Why Canada Issued Travel Advisory for Its LGBTQ Residents Visiting US

Here are the Gayest Cities in the World for 2023

Study Abroad: Most LGBTQ Friendly Countries

LGBTQ Friendly Cities

Most Progressive, Diverse, Inclusive Universities in US

LGBTQ Friendly Drug/Alcohol Rehab Centers Near You

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US News: More Cities Move to Protect LGBTQ Rights

Advocate Mag: LGBTQ Friendly Hospitals

HRC: Healthcare Equality Index 2018

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Best Countries for LGBTQ Visitors

 

States With Most LGBTQ Friendly Companies

 

LGBTQ Most Friendly States based on percent of companies receiving high marks for LGBTQ equality

 

Most LGBTQ-Friendly States
based on percent of companies receiving
high marks for LGBTQ equality

 

1       Maryland

2       Massachusetts

3       Nevada

4       Minnesota

5       New York

6       Washington

7       Illinois

8       California

9       Connecticut

10     Kentucky

Least LGBTQ-Friendly States

based on percent of companies receiving

low marks for LGBTQ equality

41 Pennsylvania
42 Florida
43 Virginia
44 Missouri
45 Nebraska
46 Texas
47 Tennessee
48 Arkansas
49 Arizona
50 Colorado

 

LGBTQ Friendly Cities

 

Based on a broad range of criteria, the following cities have a perfect score (100) on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index (MEI):

 

Birmingham, AL

Phoenix, AZ

Tempe, AZ

Tucson, AZ

Long Beach, CA

Los Angela, CA

Sacramento, CA

San Diego, CA

San Francisco, CA

Santa Monica, CA

West Hollywood, CA

Denver, CO

Stamford, CT

Orlando, FL

St. Petersburg, FL

Tampa, FL

Atlanta, GA

Chicago, IL

Bloomington, IN

Cedar Rapids, IA

Louisville, KY

Rockville, MD

Boston, MA

Cambridge, MA

Provincetown, MA

Ann Arbor, MI

Detroit, MI

East Lansing, MI

St. Paul, MN

Minneapolis, MN

St. Louis, MO

Missoula, MT

Las Vegas, NV

Reno, NV

Hoboken, NJ

Jersey City, NJ

Albany, NY

New York, NY

Rochester, NY

Akron, OH

Cincinnati, OH

Cleveland, OH

Columbus, OH

Dayton, OH

Toledo, OH

Portland, OR

Allentown, PA

Philadelphia, PA

Pittsburgh, PA

Providence, RI

Brookings, SD

Austin, TX

Dallas, TX

Ft. Worth, TX

San Antonio, TX

Bellevue, WA

Olympia, WA

Seattle, WA

Madison, WI

Milwaukee, WI

HRC Corporate Equality Index 2018

LGBTQ Friendly College List 2018

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Why Canada Issued Travel Advisory for Its LGBTQ Residents Visiting US

Here are the Gayest Cities in the World for 2023

Study Abroad: Most LGBTQ Friendly Countries

Best Companies for LGBTQ Workers

LGBTQ Friendly Cities

Businesses That Stand Up for LGBTQ Customers

LGBTQ-Friendly or Not: Closer Look at Most Welcoming Cities
Advocate Mag: LGBTQ Friendly Hospitals

QueerCos: Search for LGBTQ-Owned Businesses

HRC: Healthcare Equality Index 2018

Best Countries for LGBTQ Visitors

Most Progressive, Diverse, Inclusive Universities in US

LGBTQ Friendly Drug/Alcohol Rehab Centers Near You

Corporations That Improved Their LGBTQ Policies in 2020

 

European Rainbow Map Update

 

Ranking LGBTQ-Friendly Countries Worldwide

 

The annual Rainbow Map ranking has named Malta as the best nation for LGBTQ rights in Europe for the eighth year in a row, while the UK’s score continues to fall.

ILGA (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) Europe’s Rainbow Map and Index has ranked European countries on the basis of their “legal and policy situation” for LGBTQ people each year since 2009. The index ranks countries from zero to 100 per cent, with zero representing gross violations of human rights, and 100 representing full equality. Countries are marked in seven categories: equality and non-discrimination, family, hate crime and hate speech, legal gender recognition, intersex bodily integrity, civil society space, and asylum.

The 2023 list placed Malta top, with a score of 89 per cent. Rising in the ranks to fourth place was Spain (74 per cent), which ILGA-Europe said was due to the country’s ground-breaking introduction of a self-ID law for trans people.

 

 

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Until 2015, the UK consistently achieved the number-one spot in the rankings, but since then has slipped down the list. It was down in 10th in 2021 before falling to 14th in 2021. This year, the country dropped further still and now sits in 17th place.

The worst countries for LGBTQ people in Europe are Azerbaijan (two per cent), Turkey (four per cent), and Armenia (eight per cent). Those three countries have retained the bottom three places for the past three years.

 

The Rainbow Europe Map, developed by ILGA, utilizes a 100 point scale and tracks 49 countries. Here is their top 20 list:

 

1  Malta      
2  Belgium  
3  Denmark 
4  Spain     
5  Finland

6   Iceland
7   Sweden
8   Norway
9   Luxembourg
10  France

11  Portugal
12  Montenegro
13  Greece
14  Netherlands
15  Germany

16  Ireland
17  United Kingdom
18  Croatia
19  Austria
20  Switzerland

The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law ranks 175 countries worldwide according to their average LGBTQ Acceptance Index score. They utilize a 10 point scale. Here is their list of the top 20 countries ranked for LGBTQ Social Acceptance:
 

1  Iceland
2  Netherlands
3  Norway
4  Sweden
5  Canada

6   Spain
7   Denmark
8   Ireland
9   Great Britain
10  New Zealand

11  Australia
12  Malta
13  Switzerland
14  Finland
15  Belgium

16  Uruguay
17  Nepal
18  Luxembourg
19  France
20  Germany

[Source: Williams Institute, Pink News, ILGA Europe, May 2023]

 

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Rainbow Europe: LGBTQ Friendly Countries Ranked
Best and Worst Countries for LGBTQ Folks  in Europe
New LGBTQ Safety Report Ranks Trans Friendly Travel Destinations

 

 

LGBTQ Community Centers

 

New York City | LGBTQ Community Center
Washington DC | DC Center for the LGBTQ Community
Phildelphia | William Way LGBTQ Community Center
Boston | BAGLY: Boston Alliance of LGBTQ Youth
Chicago | LGBTQ Center on Halsted
New Orleans | LGBTQ Community Center
Memphis | Out Memphis: LGBTQ Community Center of MidSouth
Atlanta | LGBTQ Institute
Birmingham | Magic City Acceptance Center
Gainesville | Pride Community Center of North Central Florida
Winston-Salem | North Star LGBTQ Community Center
Dallas | LGBTQ Resource Center
Houston | Montrose LGBTQ Center
Cleveland | LGBTQ Center of Greater Cleveland
Milwaukee | LGBTQ Community Center
Newark | Newark LGBTQ Center
Hudson Valley | Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center
Denver | LGBTQ Center of Colfax
Seattle | Gay City: Seattle's LGBTQ Center
San Francisco | SF LGBTQ Center
San Diego | LGBTQ Community Center

 

 

LGBTQ Friendly Healthcare

 

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) issues its annual Healthcare Equality Index of LGBTQ affirming hospitals and medical centers. The "LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader” designation is for HEI participants that are given high scores in all criteria areas.

 

Focusing on the top regions and the top states in those regions: Here are the number of LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leaders by Region:

 

--Northeast 132 (New York 77, Pennsylvania 19, New Jersey 16, Massachusetts 13)

--West 110 (California 83, Oregon 11, Washington 8)

--South 94 (North Carolina 24, Florida 16, Kentucky 10, Louisiana 9, Texas 8)

--Midwest 82 (Ohio 24, Missouri 14, Illinois 10, Wisconsin 9)

 

HEI Scoring Criteria:
--Non-Discrimination and Staff training
--Patient Services and Support
--Patient and Community Engagement
--Employee Benefits and Policies

HEI 2018 LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leaders: 418 of the 626 HEI survey respondents (64%) scored 100 points in the HEI, earning them the "Leader" designation. Another 95 facilities earned the "Top Performer" designation, for scoring 80-95 points.

 

LGBTQ Friendly Medical Facilities per state:

 

Alabama - 2
Alaska - 0
Arizona - 1
Arkansas - 3
California - 83
Colorado - 1
Connecticut - 4
Delaware - 5
Florida - 16
Georgia - 0
Hawaii - 2
Idaho - 0
Illinois - 10

Indiana - 4
Iowa - 3
Kansas - 5
Kentucky - 10
Louisiana - 9
Maine - 1
Maryland - 7
Massachusetts - 13
Michigan - 6
Minnesota - 4
Mississippi - 1
Missouri - 14
Montana - 0

Nebraska - 1
Nevada - 2
New Hampshire - 0
New Jersey - 16
New Mexico - 1
New York - 77
North Carolina - 24
North Dakota - 1
Ohio - 24
Oklahoma - 1
Oregon - 11
Pennsylvania - 19
Rhode Island - 1

South Carolina - 0
South Dakota - 1
Tennessee - 2
Texas - 8
Utah - 1
Vermont - 1
Virginia - 3
Washington - 8
West Virginia - 2
Wisconsin - 9
Wyoming - 0
Washington DC - 1
Puerto Rico - 0

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LGBTQ Friendly Drug/Alcohol Rehab Centers Near You

Everywhere is Queer

Businesses That Stand Up for LGBTQ Customers

US News: More Cities Move to Protect LGBTQ Rights

Here are the Gayest Cities in the World for 2023

Advocate Mag: LGBTQ Friendly Hospitals

HRC: Healthcare Equality Index 2018

QueerCos: Search for LGBTQ-Owned Businesses

LGBTQ-Friendly or Not: Closer Look at Most Welcoming Cities
Best Countries for LGBTQ Visitors

 

 

LGBTQ Friendly Therapists

 

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Pride Counseling

Beacon of Hope Counseling Services (Mesa, Arizona)

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Havello: LGBTQ Social Haven

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Gaylesta

 

 

LGBTQ Friendly Addiction Recovery Centers

 

Drug/Alcohol Rehab USA: LGBTQ Friendly Treatment Centers Near You

The Recovery Village: LGBTQ Resources

Free by the Sea: LGBTQ Substance Abuse Treatment

Healthy Life Recovery: LGBTQ Resources

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Addiction Group: Treatment for LGBTQ Clients

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Bedrock Recovery Center
Sunshine Behavioral Health: LGBTQ Resources

Healthy Life Recovery

Ohio Recovery Center

Legacy Healing Center: LGBTQ Young Adults
Drug/Alcohol Rehab USA: LGBTQ Friendly Treatment Centers Near You

Pinnacle Peak Recovery: Substance Abuse Help for LGBTQ People

Inspire Recovery: LGBTQ Rehab

 

LGBTQ Friendly Destinations

 

From a survey of LGBTQ travelers conducted by the Travel Industry Association, here are the top 21 LGBTQ-friendly US vacation destinations named by the panelists (in order):

San Francisco, CA (76%)
Key West, FL (57%)
New York, NY (51%)
Fire Island, NY (48%)
Provincetown, MA (46%)
Los Angeles, CA (38%)
Miami/ South Beach, FL (37%)
Las Vegas, NV (35%)
New Orleans, LA(34%)
Palm Springs/Palm Desert, CA (33%)
Boston, MA (29%)
Chicago, IL (29%)
Fort Lauderdale/Wilton Manors, FL (29%)
San Diego, CA (29%)
Seattle/ Bellevue, WA (27%)
Washington, DC (23%)
Honolulu, HI (22%)
Palm Beach/ West Palm/Boca Raton, FL (20%)
Portland, OR (18%)
Philadelphia, PA (17%)
Rehoboth Beach, DE (17%)
Providence, RI (6%)

 

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LGBTQ Friendly Religious Groups

 

There are some religious congregations that accept gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer members and permit the ordination of openly LGBTQ candidates for ministry.

 

Jewish:

Reform Judaism
Reconstructionist Judaism
Jewish Renewal
Humanistic Judaism

 

Christian:

United Church of Christ

United Church of Canada

Disciples of Christ

Episcopal Church in the United States

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Presbyterian Church (USA)

Alliance of Baptists

Community of Christ

Metropolitan Community Church

 

Islam:

Mecca Institute, US

Unity Mosque, Toronto
Ibn Rushd-Goethe, Berlin
Masjid Ul-Umam, South Africa
 

Other:

Unitarian Universalist Association

American Humanist Association


Gay Church: Find an Affirming Church

NBC News: Affirming Mosques Serving Gay Muslims

Metropolitan Community Church

HRC: Faith Positions

 

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