Extra, extra: it’s good to be gay at Penn. This shouldn’t be news to many of you, given our highly official status as the number one LGBT-friendly campus, according to Newsweek. But Newsweek‘s not the only one paying attention — this month’s issue of Details features a former 34th Street editor’s profile of the LGBT outreach shindigs that go down during Penn Previews.
The Details piece explores some of the outreach programs at Penn, while also following a senior making his college decision last April. As the story notes, Penn and Dartmouth became the first two schools this year to offer outreach programs to LGBT admits, in the hopes of getting these students to enroll. Much to our disappointment, David chooses Dartmouth. Whatever.
But still, we’ve got lots to be proud of by way of being progressive. We caught up with the writer and former Street ed, Doree Shafrir ’99 about her experience coming back to campus to write the story. “It was great to meet so many students for whom being gay at Penn was no big deal–they were members of fraternities and played sports and did all the things that, when I was at Penn, would’ve been a ‘big deal’ to be doing as an out person,” she told us. “The school seems to be doing a good job at making sure this continues to be the case.”