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Gay? College Bound? Things to Think About...

By April 5, 2009

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If you are a GLBT teen with college on your mind, there are a few things to consider besides academics. Here are five:

  1. Finding a gay-friendly college. Whether you had a positive experience in high school or not, making sure you are somewhere welcoming for the next four years is crucial.
  2. Do you want a college with an active gay community? Do you want GLBT student groups, GSA's or even gay fraternities?
  3. Dorm life. Many colleges and universities throughout the country are now offering gender-neutral housing to their students which are designed to be safe and inclusive options for gay, lesbian, and transgender students.
  4. Coming Out in College. A lot of people decide to come out in college. Often it's a really good experience. But just like coming out at any time, it's one that you should give some thought to.
  5. Finding Scholarships and financial aid. There are actually organizations dedicated to helping qualified GLBT students.
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