California College Students May Be Asked About Sexual Orientation

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — California public universities may soon ask students about their sexual orientation.

Students at University of California and California State University campuses would be asked to voluntarily state if they are gay, bisexual or transgender.

The questions would be posed because of a little-known state law aimed at learning whether those students are getting enough services, such as counseling.

For six years, the University of California has asked about sexual orientation on an informal poll about campus life. But student names weren’t used.

The shift comes in response to a law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last fall.

It calls for schools to adopt policies that discourage bullying of homosexual students and it asks, but does not require, state campuses to allow students to state their sexual orientation.

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  • JaneQPublic

    I am utterly opposed to this. It implicitly assumes 1) that every student knows their ‘orientation’, 2) that said orientation is FIXED in stone. NEITHER one of these assumptions is true – particularly the second point. Sexuality is often a fluid characteristic in actual practice. As a 60-something, I’ve lived long enough to recognize this. Today’s young people are much more comfortable with that fluidity. If someone feels they need counseling, it should be available BUT it is not such a huge issue that orientation needs to be a ‘problem’ to be fixed – regardless of where one is on the spectrum at a given point in their lfe. And who on earth came up with the notion that gay-hetero-bisexual-transgender defines the entire spectrum of sexuality???? It does NOT! This proposal is an invasion of privacy, based upon false assumptions and misguided ‘solution’ in search of a problem. I hope the incoming students have the good sense to JUST SAY NO! to this nonsense.

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