(Closed) LGBTQ and Higher Education

posted 6 years ago in LGBTQ
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

The schools I’ve gone to have been pretty open, though they did have to move our LGBT club space because certain clubs were being pretty nasty. All I can say is wayyyy better than highschool.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I went to undergrad and grad school in Dallas at a very diverse university with many different ethnic groups and people of varying sexual orientation.  It was an accepting place.  I even had several openly gay professors.  Now I have moved to the most closed minded town in Texas.  One of my gay students (a high school senior) had “fag” carved into his car.  I am so ready for him to graduate next week and move to a big city with more open-minded people.  😀  College is definitely better than high school.  If I was LGBT, I would definitely seek out universities that were friendly and understanding. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

The LGBT club was/is pretty active at school events, there’s always people there that are super nice (my bff and I are in hetero relationships and hang out there cuz they’re just that awesome).

I wasn’t there when things were happening, my understanding is that it was mostly anti-LGBT slurs and things being said in the shared club space (5 or 6 clubs in a big room with dividers) and it was just a hostile environment. It was the more radical french/Quebec club and religious clubs members that were doing it which isn’t surprising. The LGBT club has it’s own smaller room now.

It’s one of the artsier/liberal/open college’s here but there’s a lot of kids straight from high school which doesn’t help. Located in downtown Montreal.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

At Texas A&M for undergrad, there was a LGBT club, but i’m not sure how active it was. I never saw open discrimination, but Texas isn’t the most pro-LGBT place. When I went to MIT for grad school, it was such a revolution – everyone there is so supportive, and the LGBT community is incredibly open and celebrated. Cambridge, MA is a fantastic place to be!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My cousins whole world changed when he went to college.   He had some pretty awful, miserable years in HS, though I think the last two years he had a handful of good, protective, supportive friends and was happy – but college – man – I hardly recongized him when he came home.  He’s finally living as himself, happy in his own skin, and he is involved in SO many things – he’s the chair of their GSA, sing in two choirs – a regular one and a Gay Man’s Chorus, and has more friends than he knows what to do with.     He mentioned that the Conservative Student Union did a little anti-gay marriage thing, but that it was a small number of students in proportion to those who are supportive/involved in the GSA, etc.

The only thing he has mentioned being nervous about is roommates – making sure that they are comfortable with him and that they know, without being all “hey nice to meet you, just so you know Im gay”…  the dorm thing is just kind of an awkward situation, but I did tell him dorm life is awkward even for straight people 😉

 

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

At my college, at least my last year there (two years ago roughly) they were beginning to create a policy for gender-neutral housing. I believe it is currently in place.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I went to 2 schools. One , the large public school was very active, and it had a lot of support from the student body and faculty. No one messed with them. It was actally a point of pride that we were so accepting. I actually got asked ” why don’t you have a ‘gay? Fine by me’ shirt? You a homophobe?” by a guy in my class when I asked about all of the shirts.

If anything I did notice a them vs us vibe from the club members themselves,which while i understood why, ( highschool bullies) it made me kinda sad because I was friends with some of them but aroundthe club members I was ” the straight girl”  . 

At the catholic college I went to there was a club, but they were not  in the open. I saw them only in conjunction with he annual showing/ play of  Laramie project

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