Gays Go to the Head of the Class
By Noah Michelson
The Harvard College Alcohol Study, which analyzed responses from over 40,000 college students polled in 1997, 1999, and 2001 to find out exactly how much boozing was happening on our country's campuses and what, if anything, we should do about it, was recently plundered to examine how queer students fare versus their straight counterparts. The results? Among men:
(1) gay males have higher college grade point averages and perceive their academic work as more important; (2) gay and bisexual males are more likely to report the presence of a faculty member or administrator with whom they could discuss a problem; and (3) gay and bisexual males place more importance on participating in student organizations, volunteer activities, the arts, and politics.
(1) bisexual females are less satisfied with the education they are receiving, spend less time studying, and perceive their academic work as less important; and (2) lesbian and bisexual females place more importance on participation in the arts and politics.
The study concludes that "these patterns suggest important and complex relationships between sexual orientation and college outcomes," but we really it just proves what we already knew: we're smarter, better problem solvers, and more popular than our hetero peers.
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