Bridget, don't rule out Duke just because of Durham. I just graduated from Duke undergrad and I know people bash Durham nonstop but it is actually a cool town/city that has a shitload to offer if you look for it, and Raleigh and Chapel Hill are not far away at all . . . it is NOT your typical southern town. Durham/Chapel Hill supposedly has one of the highest concentrations of lesbians in the country . . . nuff saidPlus Duke was rated one of the top-20 places to be if you are LGBT by the Advocate's guide to colleges or whatever - it had an 18/20 "gay point average" . . . I don't know if I would go that far but I definitely had a good experience coming out and being out there. I'm hoping to go to law school there myself (taking a year off right now)
''THE Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students'' recognizes 20 colleges and universities as ''pioneering'' lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender leaders in higher education. The list includes their ''Gay Point Average,'' ranking campus policies, programs and practices, with 20 being the highest possible score. 20: University of Pennsylvania; University of Southern California 19: American University; Ohio State University; Princeton; Pennsylvania State University; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; University of Oregon; University of Puget Sound 18: Duke; Indiana University; Oberlin College; Stanford; Tufts University; University of California, Santa Cruz; University of Michigan 17: New York University; University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Hmm...good point. Does the NYtimes article elaborate on the methodology?
Oh, I'll just post it and if people complain, I'll take it down. September 14, 2006Is This Campus Gay-Friendly? By STEPHANIE ROSENBLOOM''It's looking more like half or most gay and lesbian Americans are coming out before they get to college,'' said Bruce Steele, the guide's editor in chief. ''Unlike in the past, the experience they will have on a campus is something they can think about before they go to college.'' ...Yet several students said they were surprised their schools were in the guide because they still have a long way to go to stem homophobia. Mr. Marshall said he believes tolerance will improve eventually, but he was unhappy with the funding to Duke Allies this year and said that homophobic slurs can still be heard on campus. The school has several gay awareness programs that make it look ''good on paper,'' Mr. Marshall said, yet ''the real challenge is changing the hearts and minds of students.''
Moving along to what I actually had a question about - do any of these schools actually practice affirmative action for queer kids? It's about time that there's an advantage to being gay! I've read on other threads that it might help a little . . . Also, right now Penn is my top choice but I have yet to take the LSAT (Saturday! yikes!) so we'll see if I even have a chance of getting in once I find out my score. But anyway, it seems like penn is one of the most gay-friendly schools out there, but on the Lambda website there are like, thirty guys and one girl in the photos. . . it seems like a mecca for gay men. I love gay men but where the girls at? sorry this was a long rambling post, feel free to address parts or all or none of it