Some Thoughts on Sexual Orientation

Your experience at Amherst may make you re-evaluate many different aspects of your life, possibly your sexual orientation. It is important to remember in this process that you do not need to use traditional definitions to consider yourself as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. The key is being comfortable with who you are. Amherst is an environment that values diversity. But at the same time, Amherst is not a perfect world, and one can run into the same stereotypes and challenges as anywhere else.

Some of you may never have met someone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. All we ask is that you keep an open mind as you meet new people. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about different issues and meet different people.

In a predominately straight environment, non-straight students will have to decide how "out" they want to be. Be tolerant of those who may have different views, but remember you have a chance to break down stereotypes and move out of your "comfort zone."



If You Need to Talk to Someone

The University of Massachusetts Center for Women & Community provides confidential rape crisis counseling to men and women, 24 hours a day, at (413) 545-0800.


See the Sexual Respect and Title IX website for additional contacts and more information.