College Application Asks: Are You Gay?

College Application Asks: Are You Gay?

There are 15 comments on the EDGE story from Sep 1, 2011, titled College Application Asks: Are You Gay?. In it, EDGE reports that:

Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois, may be the first college to ask its incoming students whether they are gay, reported the Chicago Tribune on Sept.

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“Love thy neighbor!”

Since: Dec 06

Westland , MI

#1 Sep 1, 2011
Is this legal????

“WOOF !”

Since: Jul 11

Libertarian

#2 Sep 1, 2011
I don't think the question is appropriate to ask on a college admissions form (nor too many other forms).

Since: Jan 11

Portsmouth, OH

#3 Sep 1, 2011
Gay Mom i think the question is only to be used for scholarships and things. No one has to answer if they don't want to. It is the same as asking what race someone is, you can just refuse to answer.

“WOOF !”

Since: Jul 11

Libertarian

#4 Sep 1, 2011
leeman15251 wrote:
Gay Mom i think the question is only to be used for scholarships and things. No one has to answer if they don't want to. It is the same as asking what race someone is, you can just refuse to answer.
Not true. It's ILLEGAL to even ask it on many forms, including, but not limited to, a job application form.

“You'll love me!”

Since: Sep 10

I promise.

#5 Sep 1, 2011
Fred ABQ wrote:
<quoted text>
Not true. It's ILLEGAL to even ask it on many forms, including, but not limited to, a job application form.
This isn't illegal. Private colleges can ask any question they want to ask on their admission forms--especially religious schools, which this one is.
fedupwiththemess

Ashburn, VA

#6 Sep 1, 2011
why hide who you are if you are proud to be that.

Since: Dec 08

Toronto, ON, Canada

#7 Sep 1, 2011
One must always consider the source. Given that this institution is run by the UCC, it is reasonable to assume they want to know so they can find out how to attract more gay students.
My employer asked about sexual orientation on its employee survey (which in any case was anonymous) probably for the same reason. But then I work for a Canadian province and that is different than anything in the US.
hypocrites

Plainfield, IL

#9 Sep 1, 2011
fedupwiththemess wrote:
why hide who you are if you are proud to be that.
Exactly! And why would one go to a college that uses indoctrination techniques and treats science fiction literature as truth

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#10 Sep 1, 2011
I have mixed feelings about this.

With the winds of politics blowing the way they are, I'm not confident about having such an identifier an integral part of my academic record.
Emily

Olympia, WA

#11 Sep 1, 2011
I wouldn't answer it (despite being straight). It is a rude question not unlike asking for your race. It is an optional question. It's unfortunate that someone would even want to put this on an application, but not, in my opinion something to make a big deal about.

“Believer of Common Sense”

Since: Jan 11

Middle of Nowhere

#12 Sep 1, 2011
The next thing you know, you will be asked for your preferred sexual position. This is insane. What goes on in someone's bedroom is a private matter, and has absolutely nothing to do with a student's academic abilities.

“Equality First”

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#13 Sep 2, 2011
I am not sure why anyone is confused about why this school asked the question. It is clearly outlined in the article. However, I believe there are better ways of doing this without asking someone to state it in this way. They seem not to understand that by this time in their life, some of the students are not ready to make so life-defining a statement. Better they should do it on an anonymous survey. However, if their motivation was as indicated, their hearts were in the right place.
Bob

Chicago, IL

#14 Sep 2, 2011
Let me get this straight. If you tell the school you prefer having sex with members of the same sex, then you qualify for a scholarship -- but they structure it as a tuition reduction in order to fool the other students. The student who has the misfortune of being heterosexual does not qualify for the scholarship (I mean "tuition reduction") and also has to subsidize the gay scholarship.

What if the school had a special scholarship for heterosexual students? It seems to me that, in order to be fair, there should be such a program. I am sure Elmhurst College will be announcing that shortly.

“You'll love me!”

Since: Sep 10

I promise.

#15 Sep 2, 2011
Bob wrote:
Let me get this straight.
I love a good pun. Thanks.
Bob wrote:
If you tell the school you prefer having sex with members of the same sex, then you qualify for a scholarship -- but they structure it as a tuition reduction in order to fool the other students.
That's right, it's kinda like a marriage license from the government. Have sex with someone of the opposite sex, and you can get a piece of paper that qualifies you for all sorts of tax breaks, and grants, and insurance benefits. I'll trade you my LGBT scholarship for a marriage license? What do you say babe?
Bob wrote:
The student who has the misfortune of being heterosexual does not qualify for the scholarship (I mean "tuition reduction") and also has to subsidize the gay scholarship.
Fair is fair. Replace "scholarship" with "marriage license" and "heterosexual" with "gay." I have to subsidize your kid's schools with my tax money, and I have to pay an intolerant military chaplain's salary with my money--so get used to it. I've been putting up with this shit for years.
Bob wrote:
What if the school had a special scholarship for heterosexual students? It seems to me that, in order to be fair, there should be such a program. I am sure Elmhurst College will be announcing that shortly.
What is it that homophobes are always saying? It's a choice? Well, he can choose to be gay then. He isn't being discriminated against.

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#16 Sep 2, 2011
Bob wrote:
Let me get this straight. If you tell the school you prefer having sex with members of the same sex, then you qualify for a scholarship -- but they structure it as a tuition reduction in order to fool the other students. The student who has the misfortune of being heterosexual does not qualify for the scholarship (I mean "tuition reduction") and also has to subsidize the gay scholarship.
What if the school had a special scholarship for heterosexual students? It seems to me that, in order to be fair, there should be such a program. I am sure Elmhurst College will be announcing that shortly.
A "scholarship" based upon anything but scholar-ship is called a GRANT ... or some other euphemism. Regardless, they are quite different.

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