In March Madness, Cheer for the Allies

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Everyone has their own ritual for filling out their NCAA basketball bracket.  At Athlete Ally, we came up with our own strategy for choosing who to root for in this year’s men’s and women’s tournaments.

We read through the nondiscrimination policies of every school represented in the Sweet 16 of both the men’s and women’s tournaments.  We looked to see if these colleges and universities protected members of their campus community from discrimination based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.  Some schools went three-for-three, scoring a campus equality slam dunk!  Others are making progress in protecting their LGBT members, and a few schools still have to get started on the matter.

As you watch the nation’s top young talent compete, support those schools that acknowledge the importance of an inclusive and supportive environment for LGBT people.  You can see which schools guarantee which protections below.  Grab your brackets and join us in cheering loudly for our campus allies!

Schools That Protect Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression
Florida State University
Michigan State University
Stanford University
University of Connecticut
University of Louisville
University of Maryland
University of North Carolina
University of Texas
University of Utah
University of Wisconsin
West Virginia University

Schools That Protect Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Arizona State University
Duke University
Gonzaga University
North Carolina State University
University of Arizona
University of California – Los Angeles
University of Iowa
University of Tennessee
Xavier University

Schools That Protect Sexual Orientation
University of Dayton
University of Kentucky
University of Notre Dame
University of Oklahoma
University of South Carolina
Wichita State University

Schools That Guarantee No Protection
Baylor University