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

Finding College Freedom

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

Finding College Freedom

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Name: Jeremy Koss

Age: 19

Hometown: Washington, D.C.

Picture a white male, 5 foot 11, brown hair, brown eyes, wearing a pair of Guess jeans, a red T-shirt, black nail polish, and three-inch-high white platform shoes. That was me last summer after graduating from high school in Silver Spring, Md. I strutted my stuff and didn't care who saw me. I "vogued" down the street and at parties with my friends. I finally felt free to be me.

So it may be no surprise that I had already sought out colleges in large cities where I would probably feel more comfortable being out and outgoing. I needed to know I could wear my feather boa. I couldn't imagine having to wait four more years before I could be the person I really am. So I chose American University in Washington, D.C., and I love it. I work as a student staff member at AU's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Ally Resource Center, which is an official AU office with a full-time director. …

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