For the first time ever, the LGBT college-focused group Campus Pride will come to Atlanta to host one of its national college fairs, specifically for students.

The fair will be held in conjunction with the Atlanta Pride Festival on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on festival grounds in Piedmont Park. The fair is free and open to the public and will feature colleges and universities from across the country, as well as resources for financial aid, scholarships and ACT/SAT testing services.

Campus Pride comes to Atlanta

“Accessibility to higher education for LGBT youth should be a number one priority, especially in the South. Research tells us that LGBT youth are at higher-risk when it comes to harassment and safety in secondary education, so we need to be sure that they find the right college for post-secondary education,” said Shane Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride.

“The colleges at this fair are actively providing services to LGBT students and want students who are out and part of the campus community.”

The organization’s presentation will include several representatives from local, regional and national colleges and universities to allow LGBT students to interact with campus representatives and ask questions.

Campus Pride is the leading national educational organization for student leaders. Now in its sixth year, it is the only organization of its kind. Upcoming stops include Los Angeles (Oct. 19) and New York City (Nov. 1). The fairs are held in tandem with the Campus Pride Index, the nation’s most comprehensive benchmarking tool for colleges and universities seeking to create safer and more inclusive environments for LGBT students.