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Gay Community at Harvard

CrimzonCrimzon Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
edited May 2010 in Harvard University
Hey everyone. I was wondering, how is the gay community at Harvard. I picked it over Brown (even thought it has a seemingly vibrant gay life, I just hated the school). I just have a couple of questions:

Do you guys find that gays on campus are diverse in interests and presence on the community, or are they all stereotypical?

Are gay people accepted and embraced on campus? Or are they forced to hang out amongst themselves?

Are there gays in all aspects of campus life, from sports to theatre?

Any input would be welcomed.
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Replies to: Gay Community at Harvard

  • book_wormbook_worm Registered User Posts: 766 Member
    I went to a gay student even at prefrosh weekend - all of the people were great, really friendly and seemed like a close-knit group. The event was scheduled to last 45 minutes - everyone stayed at least two hours :)

    If you are a woman, Girlspot is the main organization, or in a more general sense, there is the Harvard Gay and Lesbian Caucus.
  • just_forget_mejust_forget_me Registered User Posts: 2,244 Senior Member
    I didn't really have first-hand experience with the gay community, but a few of my friends were pretty involved.

    I think the first thing you'll find is that Harvard (like most liberal arts schools!) is incredibly open + supportive. Homophobia isn't tolerated by the community + diversity is a big point of pride on campus. I know quite a few people who had been closeted/figuring things out when they came to campus, but graduated very much out + proud of their identity. I don't think that would happen at a place where gays aren't accepted.

    The gay students I knew were incredibly diverse in personalities and interests -- from a super-flamboyant, musical-directing film major, to a future CEO econ concentrator, etc. There are definitely gays on sports teams -- I've heard they're somewhat more closeted. The student group I was most involved with (The Crimson) definitely had a % of gays that was reflective of the campus total.

    Hope this helps + congratulations on your decision!
  • Mustafah78Mustafah78 Registered User Posts: 479 Member
    The gay community at Harvard is huge. In fact, coming from where I came from, I was a bit taken aback. There are high-status organizations like The Crimson, The Hasty Pudding, and the Crimson Key Society that have large proportions of gay students.
  • just_forget_mejust_forget_me Registered User Posts: 2,244 Senior Member
    (Does CKS even let straight guys in? :-P)
  • gadadgadad Registered User Posts: 7,762 Senior Member
    My D, who is straight, has been an officer in the QSA. And that kind of boundary crossing seems to be a major element of the campus culture, beyond the gay community. You find non-Asian students in the South Asian society shows, Asians in the breakdancing troupe, and perhaps half of the gospel choir is non-African-American. That attitude on campus of not merely accepting differences but enthusiastically embracing them is inspiring to me; it seems like a glimpse of how the larger world should and perhaps could be.
  • CrimzonCrimzon Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Thanks so much everyone for the imput. I'm super excited for the fall.

    I just want to bump one more time to see what I can get though!
  • WindCloudUltraWindCloudUltra Registered User Posts: 1,761 Senior Member
    I was somewhat involved with the theater crowd, so naturally, I had a number of friends and acquaintances who were gay---nobody bats an eye. The president of the Harvard Republicans was gay when I was a student, two-three years ago, so you really have nothing to worry about. :)
  • polyglot1010polyglot1010 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    To reiterate what everyone has said, gays are very visible on campus, and this is the most accepting environment you could be in. Most girls here actually complain that tons of guys here are gay...
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