Thanks for the thoughts re: my additional questions --
absy, you definitely articulate the feelings I've had of being an outsider, the reality of which is truly sinking in now that I'm no longer in a supportive collegiate environment; but i must say that it's wonderful to read about your experiences at Harvard!
And odaiko, thanks for your generous compliments. I appreciated the reminder that it is possible to address queer issues without actually identifying bisexuality; that might be a wise path to take, since I know that you're not alone in your feelings about what seems to many (and myself included, at times) an ambivalent way of identifying oneself. Thank you for your honesty about your perspective as well as your willingness to adapt it -- if only everyone were so open to changing...
yalecollege06, it sounds as though you made the right decision concerning what to focus on in your diversity statement. Good to hear that you felt confident in your decision to check the box and let it at that.
And though we've communicated via PM, mobo, I didn't want to leave you out --
Your comment, combined with absy's, makes it much clearer to me that the "b" of "glbt" is not less "important" or significant than the other identifiers, which as odaiko pointed out is certainly an idea held by many. Rather, it contains its own set of challenges and opportunities for soul-searching; I'd like to think that for this reason, it is listed as an equal with the other three letters.
This board has been very helpful to me the last several days; thanks, everyone. Between your thoughful remarks and good looks (absy?!), you're going to WOW law schools.