50 colleges take part in first-ever LGBTQ-friendly online college fair

Campus Pride and GLSEN host hundreds of students and 50 colleges for inaugural LGBTQ-friendly online college fair.

LGBTQ-college-fairHundreds of students will meet with representatives from 50 colleges today during the first-ever online college fair specifically focused on helping lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning (LGBTQ) and ally students find colleges and universities that are inclusive and supportive.

Hosted by Campus Pride and GLSEN, with support from Toyota, the online fair allows students to meet virtually with representatives from colleges, universities and scholarship funds to talk about issues of particular interest to LGBTQ students, including discrimination policies, gender-neutral housing and access to LGBTQ-focused student organizations.

As part of the online fair, Campus Pride and GLSEN also will host Twitter chats focused on finding an LGBTQ-friendly campus, financial aid and scholarships, and tips for applying and making the most of the first year on campus. Using the hashtag #LGBTQcollege411, students are able to ask recruiters, advisors and current college students for advice on everything from filling out financial aid forms to which clubs to join on campus.

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