13th December 2012
US: First public university allows LGBT students to self-identify 2
12:23 PM — The University of Iowa has announced that it is adding an optional question on sexuality, and a trans option under gender, to its undergraduate application forms.
11th October 2012
US: University diversity officer placed on leave for signing anti-equal marriage petition 51
2:37 AM — A university in Washington DC, has placed its Chief Diversity Officer on leave, after she reportedly signed a petition opposing equal marriage law in the state of Maryland.
29th August 2012
Study: Hearing the phrase “That’s so gay” can cause lasting harm 45
11:53 PM — The University of Michigan has released the results of a study which revealed that gay, lesbian or bisexual students who hear phrases such as "that's so gay" more often are more likely to suffer health problems.
9th August 2012
Tennessee: University employee threw away gay newspapers 26
3:07 PM — An employee at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee is being investigated after she was seen throwing away dozens of copies of a local gay newspaper from a communal area.
4th July 2012
Connecticut student ‘faked anti-gay harassment’ 5
6:10 PM — A lesbian student at Central Connecticut State University is facing police charges of faking claims of anti-gay harassment. Police discovered that Alexandra Pennell, 19, had been sending herself homophobic notes to get attention and sympathy from other students.
22nd June 2012
Stonewall updates gay-friendly university guide 20
11:18 AM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has updated its guide to the gay-friendly credentials of the UK's 150 universities.
11th May 2012
University of Wolverhampton students to host equal marriage support day 44
5:18 PM — Students at the University of Wolverhampton who launched an 8,500-strong petition in favour of marriage equality for gay and straight couples will be holding an awareness day next week.
25th April 2012
Hillary Clinton: In Asia and Africa gay rights is a ‘totally foreign concept’ 30
11:32 AM — Echoing her landmark speech to the United Nations, to an audience at Syracuse University, the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said that many foreign leaders in Africa and Asia consider gay rights and indeed womens' rights to be a "totally foreign concept."
13th April 2012
St Andrews students to hold silent protest at Cardinal O’Brien’s visit 39
12:29 PM — Students at the University of St Andrews will hold a silent protest this Sunday against comments made by Cardinal Keith O'Brien about marriage equality.
22nd March 2012
Muslim preacher who said gays should be ‘treated’ barred from University talk 50
1:20 PM — A Muslim preacher who said homosexuality was 'unnatural' and gays needed to be 'treated' has been barred from speaking at an event for the Islamic Society at the University of Hertfordshire today.
1st March 2012
Graduate hands back Oxford degree over Christian Concern conference 106
1:08 PM — An Oxford graduate has handed back his degree over a college's arrangement to host conferences in association with a religious group which has regularly opposed advances in gay rights and backed 'gay cure'.
28th February 2012
Harvard asked to overturn gay expulsions of 1920 9
5:29 PM — Harvard University is being called on to overturn the findings of a secret investigation which saw nine gay students expelled in 1920.
24th November 2011
Université du Québec at Montréal creates research chair to study homophobia 33
1:17 PM — The first research chair of its kind created on the North American continent has been funded by the government to inform public debate on the effects of homophobia.
23rd November 2011
Oxford college flies university’s “first-ever rainbow flag” 42
9:24 AM — Rainbow flag is raised among the medieval city's spires for college's Queerweek festival, thought to be the first gay symbol to fly above the institution in its 900-year history.
12th September 2011
Harvard University hires ‘gay student life’ director 2
5:04 PM — Harvard University has appointed a director of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender life. Lisa 'Lee' Forest, who is currently the head of the GLTB and Allies Pride Center at Bridgewater State University in Massechusetts, will take up the post in November.
28th July 2011
Texas university gets gender-neutral toilet 22
4:56 PM — A university in Texas has installed a gender neutral toilet. Officials at the University of Texas in Austin believe the new facility will benefit disabled people and those who need space for medical injections as well as LGBT people.
14th January 2011
Gay and straight students marry in the name of art 25
1:40 PM — A gay man and a straight woman have married for an art project. University of Worcester art students Paul Cartwright, 20, and Nora Battenberg-Cartwright, 21, see their union as a piece of art and co-ordinate their outfits every day.
12th November 2010
Illinois university official ‘fired’ for announcing lesbian wedding 6
3:00 PM — A lesbian official at a Catholic university in Illinois claims she was fired after announcing her wedding in a local newspaper. Laine Tadlock, 60, says that her bosses at Benedictine University in Springfield were aware that she was a lesbian but fired after she announced her marriage.
4th November 2010
Trans student first to play NCAA basketball 11
1:52 PM — A Washington student has become the first transgender person to play NCAA basketball. Kye Allums, 21, of George Washington University, is returning to the women's team this month, although he is now known as a man.
29th October 2010
Universities ‘should employ watchdogs against discriminatory extremism’ 17
4:03 PM — Universities should employ watchdogs to guard against religious extremism, a report has said. It accused some members of the Islamic society at City University of intimidating gay, female and Jewish students, as well as those who worked on the student newspaper.