Before you assume that a college that asks students if they're gay must be a conservative one - "Waddayou care, anyway?" - consider that some might do it out of love.
The University of Iowa is doing exactly that. They've launched a new policy of asking applicants their sexual orientation, becoming the first public university in the country to do so. The idea is to track the number of gay students on campus to better promote programs, student groups, and campus housing to the school's LGBT community, according to The Daily Caller
"This is truly historic," said Shane Windmeyer of Campus Pride, a prominent non-profit serving LGBT youth in schools nationwide. "For the first time, a major, public and national research university has taken efforts to identify their LGBT students from the very first moment those students have official contact with them."
It's a sentiment shared by Georgina Dodge, the University of Iowa's Chief Diversity Officer, who chastises critics who'd rather not acknowledge sexual orientations apart from heterosexual: "As an institution of higher learning in education, it does not behoove us to bury our heads in the sand about the realities of contemporary life."
Via The Daily Caller