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Beyond the Silence was written by Ellen H. Brown for CWRU Magazine's Summer 2002 issue. The full article is also available in PDF format.

For readability, this article uses "gay" synonymously with "gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT)."

The information below, gleaned from resources described on college and university websites, offers an abbreviated listing of the programs, groups, and activities that some of CWRU's peer institutions provide for GLBT people on their campuses. No attempt was made to determine to what degree these services are used or how active the groups are. All of the colleges and universities listed in this section make available some form of benefits for domestic partners of employees. Some also extend benefits to the domestic partners of students.

Dartmouth College
  • Coordinator of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Advocacy and Programming in the Office of Student Life: This staff member provides advising to individual students and the Dartmouth Rainbow Alliance, organizes gay-related educational and social events, provides training and workshops, and represents the needs and concerns of GLBT students to the college administration;
  • Dartmouth Rainbow Alliance: a student organization for people who are GLBTQ (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning);
  • Queer Peers: a listing of students, faculty, staff, and administrators who are willing to be resources and supportive of GLBT members of the Dartmouth community;
  • Gay Straight Alliance;
  • Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns: the organization for faculty, staff, and administration;
  • Green Lambda: An GLBT group for graduate and professional students;
  • DGALA: Dartmouth's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Alumni Association.
Duke University
  • Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Life: Staffed by full-time faculty and staff, it offers advocacy, support, education, and space to the GLBT and straight-allied community;
  • In and Out and In Between: a group for people across the spectrum;
  • SpeakOut: panel discussions in which GLBT people and heterosexual allies share their stories and respond to audience questions;
  • Queer Grads: a group for graduate and professional students;
  • Out Law: a student group in the School of Law;
  • Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Alliance in the School of Business;
  • Triangle Queer Buddhists: a group for GLBT people interested in learning about Buddhism.
Emory University
  • Office of Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Life: staffed by full-time professionals and by students who work part time. Offers programs and services designed to "improve the campus climate and create an open and welcoming environment for LGBT students and employees";
  • President's Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns: an advisory board to the president that meets once a month to consider university-wide policies and procedures that will improve the overall campus atmosphere for LGBT faculty, staff, and students;
  • Safe Space Program: Participants in the program attend a short orientation session conducted by members of the Office of Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Life Speakers Bureau, then receive a logo to display that shows they support the right of LGBT people to study and work in a safe and welcome atmosphere;
  • Emory Pride: open to all students, staff, faculty and their allies;
  • Emory Gay and Lesbian Advocates: a group for GLBT law students.
Johns Hopkins University
  • Gertrude Stein Society: an organization for LGBT members of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, including the Schools of Nursing, Public Health, and Medicine;
  • Diverse Sexuality and Gender Alliance: a political, social, and support organization committed to promoting visibility, equality, and a sense of community for transgender, bisexual, lesbian, gay, and straight allies.
New York University
  • Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Student Services: The office is intended to create campus environments that are inclusive and supportive of student diversity in terms of sexual orientation and gender identification. Offers weekly discussion groups for students. Features a lending library and publishes a newsletter for the campus community. Also features a Safe Zone project, which identifies a network of students, faculty, and staff who provide support and information to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students;
  • Bisexual Gay and Lesbian Law Students Association: a group with a political, social, and educational mission;
  • Queer Union: NYU's social, support, and political organization for undergraduate and graduate GLBT students;
  • Keshet: a GLBT group for Jewish students;
  • Fluidity: a group for people who are bisexual and transgender;
  • CampGrrl: a social group for lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women;
  • Queers and Allies: a group for allies interested in supporting their LGBT peers;
  • T-Party: a group for transgender students and their allies.
Northwestern University
  • Bisexual, Gay and Lesbian Alliance: a social and support group primarily for undergraduate students;
  • OUTLaw: a group for Northwestern law students;
  • Gay and Lesbian Management Association: provides professional and social support for gay and lesbian students;
  • GLUU: primarily a social group for graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni who identify as GLBT;
  • GLBT and Greek: a support group for sorority women who identify as lesbian or bisexual or are questioning their orientation. Sponsored by the Women's Center;
  • Safe Space Program: a network of people who provide support, information, and a safe place for GLBT people within the campus community.
The University of Chicago
  • Pritzker School of Medicine's Chapter of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People in Medicine;
  • The Pritzker Medical School has a Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Medical Student liaison who answers questions and places students in contact with other students at the university;
  • Queers and Associates: a university-wide GLBT organization open to graduate and professional students and undergraduates;
  • Lesbian and Gay Faculty and Staff Organization;
  • Outlaw: an organization that provides a supportive atmosphere for gay and lesbian law students;
  • Gays and Lesbians in Business: provides a social and educational network for GLBT members of the Graduate School of Business.
The University of Rochester
  • Gay Pride Network: provides a supportive environment and social activities for students and other constituencies on campus;
  • Safe Zone project: provides support and information to GLBT students.
Vanderbilt University
  • Vanderbilt University Office for GLBT Life: coordinates GLBT activities and offers support to students;
  • VGPLBG (Vanderbilt Graduate and Professional Lesbian/Bisexual/Gay Student Association): an organization for gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender graduate and professional students, graduates, faculty, and staff of the Vanderbilt community;
  • Office of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Concerns in the Divinity School: addresses the issues of homophobia and heterosexism in religious life, society, and the academy;
  • Gay and Lesbian Law Students Association;
  • Vanderbilt Lambda Association: an organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and straight students.
Washington University in St. Louis
  • Spectrum Alliance: a social and political group targeting the GLBTQ (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning) population as well as straight allies;
  • Safe Zone.