Newsweek names MIT most 'gay-friendly' school
In its September 5, 2011 issue, Newsweek ranked MIT as the most “gay-friendly” school in the nation. The magazine awarded the title based on MIT’s “diverse and accepting student populations and centers for LGBT awareness.”
The title was awarded to MIT shortly after the release of the student-led “Living Pink” survey, which detailed the predominantly positive sentiments toward LGBTQ students in undergraduate residences. Resources such as the Rainbow Lounge, an on-campus safe space for LGBTQ students, and the popular “You are Welcome Here” LGBTQ-awareness campaign have long established MIT as an LGBTQ-friendly community.
Newsweek released the “gay-friendly” results along with 24 other college rankings in significant but rarely studied categories, including as “most free-spirited,” “most service-oriented” and “most accessible professors.” The magazine derived the rankings from a number of sources including the National Center for Education Statistics and the College Board.
Nearby Tufts University also made the list of “gay-friendly” schools, placing third. Stanford University placed second.