CU Boulder has been ranked as one of the nation's top 50 LGBTQ-inclusive universities in the 2017 College Choice Best LGBTQ Colleges ranking. Coming in at No. 43 on the list, CU Boulder was recognized as a campus that is "equally celebrative of and welcoming to LGBTQ students." This follows a No. 20 ranking in the 2016 Best Colleges for LGBTQ.
"These rankings reflect the efforts of many students, staff, faculty and administrators across the university to create a positive, affirming campus for the LGBTQ community, and I'm delighted to see everyone's efforts recognized," said Scarlet Bowen, director of the Gender and Sexuality Center at CU Boulder. "It's wonderful that we can highlight these rankings during the month of pride celebrations, as there are many LGBTQ-inclusive endeavors at the University of Colorado that we can be proud of."
CU Boulder is home to 11 different student groups offering community for a wide diversity of LGBTQ students, from those that are geared toward professional specializations, such as Out in STEM, to those that support students of color, international students and students of faith.
"CU Boulder has also made positive gains in being inclusive of transgender people, offering healthcare benefits for students and employees, several gender-inclusive restrooms, and gender-inclusive housing options," Bowen said.
The Gender and Sexuality Center on campus offers programs, services and resources for all members of campus. The center also hosts the annual TRANSforming Gender Conference to provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about issues affecting the transgender and intersex community and to offer several workshops that focus on practical avenues of advocacy and support.
This year, the University of Colorado also was an official sponsor of Denver Pride, one of the largest pride celebrations in the country.