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New Survey Reveals 180 Worst Colleges That Are 'Unsafe' For LGBTQ Students. Who's #1?

Campus Pride, which advocates for LGBTQ inclusivity and safety at U.S. colleges and universities, released its annual Worst List naming 180 colleges and universities as “the absolute worst, most unsafe campuses for LGBTQ youth.” This year's list adds 50 new names since last year, the most extensive update since the list started in 2015, according to the organization. The list includes colleges and universities that have either received or applied for a religious exemption to Title IX, a federal law that protects students from discrimination in federally funded schools, or have a “demonstrated history of anti-LGBTQ policies, programs and practices,” according to a news release. The Worst List is in alphabetical order rather than rank, but some schools have appeared on it more often than others. David Shill, a 22-year-old junior at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, said he isn’t surprised that his school is on the list again because “things haven’t changed.” BYU, which is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church, forbids same-sex dating. Though it doesn’t specifically mention transgender students in the student handbook, the church counsels against medical transition for trans people; otherwise they face restricted participation in the church or even excommunication.