Shane Windmeyer
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Shane Windmeyer

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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"The Top 10 Trans-Friendly Colleges and Universiti"

With improvements made across the country, for the first time ever, Campus Pride can assemble a list of the most welcoming places for trans students to go to college. - The Advocate Gay & Lesbian News Magazine

"OpEd: Colleges Rally to Kick Chick-fil-A Off Campus"

Dan Cathy, president of Chick-fil-A, is in for a shock when thousands of college students go back to school this month. His anti-gay remarks, coupled with Chick-fil-A's secretive donations to anti-gay organizations and a documented hate group for nearly a decade (to the accumulated sum of $5 million), add fuel to an already burning fire. - The Advocate Gay & Lesbian News Magazine

"Huffington Post: The Secret Recipe for Funding Hate Groups: 5 Simple Facts About Chick-fil-A"

It should not surprise anyone that a company that sells chicken using cows would also claim to be a Christian-principled family business and then take profits to fund hate groups. The real issue at hand is not freedom of speech or same-sex marriage but Chick-fil-A's secretive funding of documented anti-gay hate groups. The national organization Campus Pride made this clear last week in releasing "5 Simple Facts About Chick-fil-A." Campus Pride specifically called upon our nation's student leaders to share the truth about Chick-fil-A and its funding of radical-right-wing organizations and documented hate groups. - Huffington Post Online - Gay Voices

"LA Times: Dharun Ravi's early release called 'travesty of justice'"

The executive director of another organization, Campus Pride, which is a national nonprofit working to make colleges and campuses safer for LGBT students, issued a statement saying he was "deeply disappointed and remains conflicted over the punishment in this case."

Shane Windmeyer said he hopes that schools nationwide have learned something from the tragic case: "Colleges and universities across the country need to take greater accountability for the safety of LGBT students and actively discourage the bystander behaviors that attributed to this tragedy." - LA Times

"Inside Higher Ed: Restroom Choice"

The lack of a policy about transgender accommodations underscores a larger problem in higher ed, said Shane Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride.

Colleges should be proactive in establishing clear policies and gender-neutral facilities, said Windmeyer, whose organization advocates for the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students. While many transgender people prefer gender-neutral restrooms, also called family restrooms, Windmeyer said individuals should also be able to use a bathroom that aligns with their gender identity. In failing to allow that, Windmeyer said Arkansas-Fort Smith erred.

“It sounds like the campus has not done a good job taking responsibility for creating a welcoming, safe space for trans-identified students,” Windmeyer said. “It is unrealistic to ask anyone to go across campus in between classes to be able to use the restroom.” - Inside Higher Ed

"THE ADVOCATE: Princeton Review's Approach Is Outdated"

This month, the Princeton Review released the 2010 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 371 Colleges . The results are based on surveys from 122,000 students at the 371 top colleges and provides "Top 20" rankings of schools that are best for jocks, for serious students, and for those looking to party. According to the Princeton Review, the rankings aim to help students and parents answer that all-important question: "What is the best college for me?" - The Advocate Gay & Lesbian News Magazine

"THE ADVOATE: Theres No One Way to Be a Morehouse Man"

Morehouse College has it all wrong again.

In what administrators call an effort to uphold the private, all-male university's legacy and reputation, they recently approved a new “Appropriate Attire Policy.” Among typical clothing standards, the policy goes on to state, “No wearing of clothing associated with women’s garb (dresses, tops, tunics, purses, pumps, etc.) on the Morehouse campus or at College-sponsored events.” - The Advocate Gay & Lesbian News Magazine

"THE ADVOCATE: Op-Ed: Ravi Verdict Won’t End LGBT Abuse on Campuses"

There are no words or sentiments – not even a guilty verdict – that can bring Tyler back to his family and friends, and this trial’s conclusion will not end the daily torment and harassment of LGBT students on college and university campuses across the nation. Campus Pride's national research study, "The 2010 State of Higher Education for LGBT People," shows that one in four gay, lesbian and bisexual college students and nearly one in two transgender students face harassment on campus. - The Advocate Gay & Lesbian News Magazine

"THE ADVOCATE: College made easy The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students is the best ever road map to gay-friendly campuses."

didn’t want to simply highlight the schools in
progressive states,” Windmeyer says. “We
highlight colleges that are progressive in their area
of the country. If you’re in Nebraska, you
don’t have to go to California to find a school
that takes responsibility for its LGBT students.” - The Advocate Gay & Lesbian News Magazine

"Washington Post: Gay group carves out niche at Catholic University"

This delicate balance often puts gay students in a "conflicted state of acceptance," said Shane L. Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride, a national organization that helps colleges assess their gay friendliness. "The church wants to love the person and hate the sin. But what does that really mean?"

So visible support for gay students -- such as a resource center, rainbow stickers, club tables and awareness weeks -- is especially important at religious schools, he said. But such actions do not change campus attitudes overnight, he said. - Washington Post

"NY Times: Questions Swirl Over What Led to Florida Drum Major’s Death"

The line between hazing and homophobia is often blurry, said Shane L. Windmeyer, the executive director of Campus Pride, a national group for gay students, and author of several books about gay life on college campuses.

“Hazing often gets taken to a new level when it’s against someone who is gay,” he said. “Obviously someone’s own prejudice or fears will motivate them to haze and, in many cases, to take more extreme actions.” - New York Times

"NY Times: Finding a Gay-Friendly Campus"

“Actually going out and recruiting a gay student — that’s a very new thing for colleges,” says Shane L. Windmeyer, the co-founder of Campus Pride, a national organization that promotes safe college environments for gay students and sponsored the event.

Students are looking for colleges where they will feel comfortable and safe, Mr. Windmeyer says. Also, he says, “straight students who have gay family members want to find a campus that is welcoming,” so, for example, two moms can show up for parents weekend without a ripple. “They don’t want to pick a college that’s not going to be accepting of people they love.”
- New York Times

"Huffington Post Writer -- Archives of Articles"

Shane L. Windmeyer is a featured monthly contributor to the Huffington Post Gay Voices section as a national LGBT civil rights leader. - Huffington Post Online - Gay Voices


What's Your Gay Point Average™?

It is time to take the ultimate test – what’s your Gay Point Average? Learning about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues does not have to be divisive or difficult on campus. In fact, college students today need to understand why having a high Gay Point Average is an important aspect of diversity and preparation for success in life—at home, the workplace and places of worship. And, believe it or not, sometimes straight people actually have a higher Gay Point Average than a Grade Point Average… and that’s okay.

Windmeyer shares in a personal way the challenges confronting LGBT youth and challenges every person to play an active role in creating safer communities where everyone can thrive. The importance of straight allies can never be underestimated as young LGBT people struggle with their sexual and gender identities.

This interactive, high impact program destroys stereotypes, deepens understanding and compels participants to take the next step in coming out as visible allies and leaders for all people, including LGBT people.

Available Formats: Roundtable, Workshop, Seminar, Lecture

The Impact of Hate

Many of us do not understand the impact of bias and hate on a college community. We are neither prepared to handle an incident, nor empowered to actively do anything to prevent one. Fighting hate begins with awareness. Most victims are so frightened and shocked, they don’t know where to turn on campus for help.

For more than a decade as founder of the national Stop The Hate Train the Trainer Program (, Windmeyer has been helping students, faculty, and campus life professionals become advocates for hate-free campuses. He has trained more than 1,200 people to actively prevent and respond to hate crimes.

This program is designed to create a foundation of understanding surrounding hate crimes, to explore an individual's awareness of prejudice and to motivate individuals to make a difference fighting bias and hate within their campus community. Participants are "dared" to fight the roots of hatred in specific, individual ways.

A great choice for intensive bias prevention workshops and trainings. Call to learn how this program can be constructed for your specific campus training needs.

Available Formats: Roundtable, Workshop, Seminar, Rally, Lecture

The Time is Now

Time is working in our favor. LGBT people are on the winning side of history as courts, legislatures, leaders and communities make strides to recognize our rights and humanity. The role we each play being visible, sharing our story, is vital in advocating for equality.

But when you’re a LGBT person, the progress never seems to move quickly enough. Issues like same-sex marriage, conflict with religion, employment nondiscrimination, hate crimes and military service are all hot topics that are often used as wedge issues and excuses. It’s not uncommon for the rights of LGBT people to extend beyond the campus and onto the voting ballot.

Now is a critical time to be an LGBT and ally student leader, as public opinion is shaped. The time we spend as a leader impacts who we are, who we love, how we choose to live, and how we can live in our communities. These moments are opportunities to create change to transform one’s life and those around us.

This keynote/workshop motivates and inspires LGBT and ally young adults to view time in the present—and to create a new paradigm of transformational leadership and action.

Available Formats: Roundtable, Workshop, Rally, Seminar, Lecture



Shane L. Windmeyer recalls his "coming out" on a small rural campus in Kansas as difficult, frightening, lonely, emotionally complex and yet liberating – all at the same time. His commitment for LGBT issues comes from this inner strength and passion to help others coming out today and his desire to motivate college students, gay and straight, to stand up against prejudice, bigotry and hate against all people.

Windmeyer is a national leader in gay and lesbian civil rights and a champion for LGBT issues on college campuses. He is the founder and Executive Director of Campus Pride, the only national organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students. Released in Fall 2006, Windmeyer is author of The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students, the first-ever college guide profiling the “100 Best LGBT-Friendly Campuses.”

Windmeyer is often best-known for his pioneering work with the Lambda 10 Project – National Clearinghouse for GLBT Fraternity & Sorority Issues. His leadership with the Lambda 10 Project led to the publishing of his first book, the only one of it's kind and national bestseller Out on Fraternity Row: Personal Accounts of Being Gay in a College Fraternityand his second book Secret Sisters: Stories of Being Lesbian & Bisexual in a College Sorority. His third book titled Inspiration for LGBT Students & Their Allies came out in October 2002 published by Collegiate Empowerment Company, Inc. In October 2005, Windmeyer edited his fourth book, a much-anticipated sequel, titled Brotherhood: Gay Life in College Fraternities. In addition, Windmeyer currently serves as the coordinator of Stop The Hate, a national bias and hate crime prevention program. He led and developed this train the trainer initiative in 2001 with the Association of College Unions International, the Anti-Defamation League, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence and the Higher Education Center’s Drug, Alcohol and Other Violence Prevention Programs.

Windmeyer has been featured on Logo TV, IN THE LIFE TV, CNN, Good Morning America, CourtTV, MSNBC’s The Situation with Tucker Carlson, The New York Times, Rolling Stone and TIME Magazine. His educational efforts also have been noted by national press such as OUT Magazine, The Advocate National Gay & Lesbian News Magazine, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Indianapolis Star, Salon Magazine, HERO Magazine, U. Magazine and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Windmeyer graduated from Emporia State University with a bachelors degree in Communication and received his masters degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from Indiana University. He lives in Charlotte, N.C.