A coalition of more than 80 gay rights groups are expressing profound frustration after unsuccessfully demanding that the National Collegiate Athletic Association divest from “religious-based campuses” that have “requested discriminatory Title IX waivers toward LGBTQ youth.”

“The NCAA through its member institutions sends a message about their core values of integrity, inclusive culture and sportsmanship,” read a March 9 letter from Campus Pride, an pro-LGBTQ rights organization, to the NCAA sports authority. “Fifty-nine religious-based colleges and universities have requested a Title IX waiver for the right to discriminate against LGBTQ youth.”

The letter said that the requests by these religious schools — which reportedly increased in prevalence after the Department of Education included transgender protections under Title IX in 2014 — stand in conflict with the NCAA’s commitment to diversity, specifically when it comes to LGBTQ rights, and went on to fully explain activists’ grievances. READ MORE