Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Out at a Women's College

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Out at a Women's College

Article excerpt

I'm a feminist. I'm a daughter. I'm a sister. I'm a Democrat. I'm girly, and I love a good pair of stilettos. And since arriving at Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Va., a small liberal arts school in the heart of Jerry Falwell country, I have realized that I am also gay.

Before I came here, family members and friends suggested that going to a women's college might "make me" gay. But all it really did was open my eyes to the way I was born. When I started school I was still involved with a boyfriend. But by the end of my first semester, I had my first girlfriend. She showed me love, acceptance, music, and culture--a culture I was desperately craving and a community that embraced me. It was the most natural and comforting experience I had ever had.

When I came out to my straight friends back home they were shocked. "But you don't look gay," they said. True, I don't look like a stereotypical dyke. …

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