Incoming UC Students Might be Asked to Declare their Sexual OrientationMeredith Carroll
Most, if not all, college applications ask students to identify their race and ethnicity on applications. Now the University of California might ask incoming students to state their sexual preference.
The Academic Senate made the recommendation in January that students who accept admission should have the option of identifying themselves as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender, according to CBS Los Angeles.
The idea behind the move is to college statistical information to “better plan for the needs to LGBT students.”
However, some fear the move will make non-heterosexual students an even bigger prejudice target on the UC campuses, even though they are notoriously gay-friendly.
“You can walk around and hear gay, you can hear f—-t, you can hear awful remarks, you can [see] stares at some of my self-identified male friends that wear heels for example that get harassed everyday…so, as much support as there is, there is definitely anti-queer backlash on this campus,” one student told CBS.
But other students are hopeful the move could lead to special dormitory floors, which could provide safer environments for LGBT students.
The proposal has yet to be approved, but if it goes forward, it would remain optional and would apply to all first-year and transfer students in all schools in the UC system.
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