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San Diego State University makes top 50 LGBT-friendly universities and colleges list

These 50 universities are making strides in providing a safe environment, especially for LGBT students.

Non-profit organization Campus Pride released a list of the most LGBT-friendly colleges and universities in the United States based on each school's ratings in LGBT student academic, housing and various other campus life factors.

Campus Pride used an index of research tools to assess each institution's policies, programs and practices that work toward an inclusive and safe environment for LGBT and heterosexual ally students.

SDSU to host 7th annual Rainbow Flag Raising ceremony

SAN DIEGO, California -- The Pride Center at San Diego State University (SDSU) will host the school’s 7th annual Rainbow Flag Raising ceremony on Thursday, July 17 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Since 2008, a rainbow flag has been raised on SDSU’s main flagpole along Campanile Walkway for one day each July in celebration of San Diego LGBT Pride month and the diversity that exists on the large campus.

SDSU to honor LGBTQ graduates at ceremony on Wednesday

SAN DIEGO -- San Diego State University students are trading the traditional red and black for lavender on Wednesday, May 7, at the 5th annual Lavender Graduation. The event honors graduating students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer or allies.

“I remember a time when a ceremony like this would have been impossible,” said Esther Rothblum, SDSU women’s studies professor and adviser for the university’s LGBT Studies Program. "Having the support of the entire campus community is very special."

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Grand dedication of SDSU's new Aztec Student Union is Friday

SAN DIEGO -- The community is invited to the grand dedication of San Diego State University's (SDSU) new Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union this Friday, March 7 at 4:30 pm.

The building, which opened in January, is considered to be the "living room" for the campus, and includes a number of services for the campus community including dining, recreation, study spaces, entertainment and more. It is also home to the Associated Students offices, student organizations, and other student life departments.

SDSU to offer Advanced Certificate in LGBT Studies

SAN DIEGO -- After launching a LGBT studies minor and major in the last couple of years, San Diego State University will soon add a graduate-level certificate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies, one of only a handful of like programs in the nation.

“Diversity is a cornerstone of a well-rounded education and this program provides an opportunity for graduate students to gain a deeper understanding of diversity through the critical issues brought forth in LGBT studies,” Provost Nancy Marlin said.

Lady Gaga to perform in San Diego next June

SAN DIEGO -- Lady Gaga includes a San Diego stop on her Artpop Ball Tour in 2014.

The controversial star, whose Artpop album was released in November, announced some US tour dates on Tuesday morning, including a June 2 show at Viejas Arena on the SDSU campus.

Unfortunately for Gaga, Artpop hasn’t matched the critical acclaim or sales of her blockbuster Born This Way album, which dropped in 2011. Still, the singer has been pushing hard on the publicity machine, recently appearing as both host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live, among other appearances.

COMMENTARY: SDSU has come a long way, baby

(Editor's note: SDGLN Staff Writer Ben Cartwright, a SDSU alumnus, wrote this commentary which was originally published on SDGLN media partner Gay San Diego.)

Anthony Keen begins role as coordinator of SDSU's first Pride Center

SAN DIEGO -- San Diego State University’s strong commitment to diversity has paved the way for a new haven to be added to the campus repertoire — the Pride Center.

The center is one of the goals identified in SDSU’s strategic plan under the initiative to “promote students success across the university.”

Anthony Keen, a former residence hall coordinator for University Towers, was chosen as the coordinator for the center, set to open in January 2014.

SDSU receives Excellence in Diversity Award

SAN DIEGO -- San Diego State University (SDSU) recently received the 2013 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

As a recipient of the annual HEED Award — a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — SDSU will be featured along with 55 other recipients in the magazine’s November 2013 issue.

SDSU hosts conference for LGBT youth and parents

SAN DIEGO -- On Saturday, the second annual Youth Empowerment Synergy Conference was held on campus for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth and their parents.

The purpose of Y.E.S. is “to empower LGBT youth and give them the confidence to know that they are not alone,” Y.E.S. CEO, co-founder and community outreach coordinator for Mental Health Of America San Diego County Hector Martinez said.

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