The Gay College Experience, It Is What You Make It
September 19, 2011 § 12 Comments
For the first time my heart raced at the words ushered exhaustively all throughout my childhood though they never phased me before. “Be cautious,” I was told by Georgetown’s lgbtq resource head, “the athletic community here may not be the most accepting.” These words held a new meaning especially within the new context of college.
Colliding with my well preserved sense of security strengthened in High School, the warning inflicted a few cracks and dents upon my once full confidence in my safety. While college is said to be a more open and accepting environment, I would be foolish not to grow cautious especially when attending a Jesuit university not always known to be accepting as should all lgbtq teens in my opinion.
Yet having attended Georgetown for the past three weeks, I have seen countless times that the “gay stigma” which some of us may fear, is still merely an opportunity to own your future and promote some change. The gay stigma is what you make it – and it isn’t much of a stigma at all.
This post marks the beginning of a series of brief autobiographical accounts on how the first three weeks have affected different lgbtq students. Some will be anonymous, others won’t, and you will read stories from guys who are recently out or not, some involved in athletics and others theatre, guys who are bi, gay, or even falsely accused of being gay, and so much more. We hope these stories will be both didactic and uplifting in their telling of pitfalls and successes, and will assure you that you are capable of molding your own experience in college.
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