Message to Prospective Students
High school can often be an un-welcoming place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and/or asexual-identifying students. In smaller communities, it can be difficult to find an accepting and supportive group of friends and allies. LGBTQIA+ students often feel alone or isolated and, in many instances, they are bullied and disrespected. The effects of homophobia and bigotry are tragic and apparent —drop-out rates among LGBTQIA+ youth are more than three times higher than that of their straight peers. Suicide rates are disproportionately high as well. Many LGBTQIA+ teens who lack a supportive family environment are forced to leave their homes and are left without a system of support.
These are the experiences that the University of Pittsburgh seeks to eliminate by providing all students with a supportive and inclusive campus experience. The University of Pittsburgh values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and cultural diversity. As such, we prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. We also aim to improve visibility and support for LGBTQIA+ students by further expanding access to and information about university resources that help to improve the lives of LGBTQIA+ students.
This Web site was designed to help current and prospective students by outlining the many ways in which the University provides support and assistance in all areas of the student experience. On this Web site you will find information on how to get involved in student groups on campus, tips on building positive relationships, courses focused on gender and sexuality, and much more. You can also learn more about how the University works to provide students with an open-minded academic atmosphere, a supportive home, and an inclusive health system. Homophobia and bigotry have no place on our campus and the University of Pittsburgh is working tirelessly to provide all students with the environment they need to flourish.
Remember, It Gets Better.