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The conclusion of Rent is a telling cautionary tale.  Don't be gay and don't share needles.  You will die of AIDS.

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"But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown."

- Carl Sagan

I laugh at the naivety of homosexuals applying to law school and wishing to flaunt their lifestyle choices as "who they are" in their personal statements.  

There's a chance that these types are enlightened though....

That's why they form gangs and beat people up.  That's why they abduct children from schools and leave them in their apartments for years on end...

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I concede that some look at the personal statement as a means for seeing who you are as a person.  That being said, writing about being GLBTQ is like saying:

I'm a vile and base individual.  I am a sexual deviant and likely support other deviant acts and behavior.  I have little respect for authority.  I enjoy or at the very least support the sexual exploitation of children, animals, and the poor.

Go ahead.  Shoot yourself in the foot. 

Posters on this board are overly idealistic.  You are going to get your applications trashed if you actually do this.

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"When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in confederacy against him."

-Jonathan Swift



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I'm just sticking up for our values.  Homosexuality is an abomination.  Didn't anyone see the segment on O'Reilly last night about the droves of roaming lesbian gangs packing pink pistols and causing havoc in our major cities.  They have turned violent.  They are waging a war against our society.  If we do not stand up for what our values are, we run the risk of having our entire society fall apart.  You can call me hateful, but I am just risk averse. 

You all must realize the dangers that these folks put us in.  Do something about it.  Stop playing the cherade... haha oh you're like that... Cool I love HGTV.  You rock!

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I'd say that bringing up GLBT identity in a PS is relevant because GLBT issues are very prominent currently in the law.  Lawrence v. Texas/anti-sodomy laws and gay-marriage amendments are very prominent in the legal field right now, so writing about gay sexual identity can have a lot of relevance.

I doubt there are many, if any, LGBT applicants who are so uncreative as to simply use "I'm gay, isn't that interesting?" as the basis of their PS.

Lawrence v. Texas is an abomination.  We need a 21st century version of Bowers v. Hardwick to come and restore the constitutonal balance in such matters.

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For future reference, the phrase "sexual preference" is offensive to me. Its hinting at sexual orientation being a choice. I can't choose to be attracted to women over men, its not as if I like both, but just "prefer" men to women. I legitimately feel no attraction to women at all.

GLTBQ status is a choice.  You choose to define yourself that way.  Period.

Secondly, this attitude if it shines through in your PS will send up red flags.  I don't care to meet the angry gay dude.  That's the impression you will get.  Tough luck.  Deal with it. 

Also, you're not discriminated against.  You're just whining.  To say that your sexual preference makes you a target for being discriminated against is to say something like "I grew up in the suburbs, was white, daddy and mommy only grossed 250k per year and my numbers didn't get me into HYP.  I feel discriminated against.  If I had my numbers and came from a migrant family where I had to work full-time to help provide food for my family, I might have gotten a better reception."

You are probably vastly more privileged than other straight individuals out there.

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Denny's argument about labels probably has some valdity in the sense that heterosexuals see themselves as 'mainstream' in a sexual orientation sense and self-constitute themselves in different terms.  GLTBQ probably see their sexual orientation as the major self-defining aspects of their identity.  However, this still does not mean that being GLTBQ should be brought up in a law school personal statement.  For the very reason that by submitting to an admissions committee a piece of work that deliberately attempts to bring your sexuality into a professional environment breaks professional norms that have existed for generations.  I'm sure that 99.9% of all committees are at least tolerant of GLTBQ individuals, however they're certianly not going to 'accept' breaking norms.  This is why all of the time, committees tell you not to make cute videos or write poetry or legal briefs for your PS.  Artsy fartsy crap is not what they are looking for.  They are at most looking for a statement that shows that you can a) Write and b) seem like a hardworking/developed person.  They don't care if you are gay and that's not something I'd bring up in any conversation.  When I meet someone I don't tell them about my last sexual encounter or my sexual awakening.  You may say that this is not akin to my discussion of my sexual identity or whatever, but you miss the point.  When you start talking about how you are self-consituted by your homosexuality you purposefully and inevitably sexualize the conversation, making it uncomfortable for your audience.  It is a bad idea, a very bad idea, to make admissions committees uncomfortable with you.

You are not going to change anything or anyone by writing your personal statement to a group of people.  You are not going to be memorable in a positive way.  You will break socially accepted understandings of what to submit to an admissions committee and you are putting yourself at risk of receiving an unfavorable result.  There is likely no positive outcome that will come of writing your PS in this fashion.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: BC Law -- very conservative?
« on: June 20, 2007, 11:24:48 PM »
I was under the impression that law schools were generally conservative.  As they should be.

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I'd steer away from writing on this topic.  Being openly GLBTQ; like it or not, is not looked positively upon in the professional world.  It's a personal issue.  Thus writing a personal statement for professional school seems to miss the mark.

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