Lastly, JGRUBER, the reason why heterosexuals don't mention their sexual orientation is because they don't have to; heterosexuality is considered to be the "norm" in our society.
I'm in a particular situation with my personal statement. I'm wondering if I should include my sexuality, and the face that I'm gay as a key focus of it. I think that I probably should, because as a result of being removed from my household in my first year of university my marks suffered notably. Through hard work, the building of confidence, and friends I was able to get my average back up to an A-A+ level. Is it wise to focus my personal statement around this aspect of my life? I'm thinking of applying to Columbia, Yale, NYU, Princeton, and Harvard, and am not sure how they'd respond to such facts. I welcome any suggestions.