Smith College

FreedomUniversal's picture

I know I am probably going out on a limb here, but does anyone have any information on Smith College in terms of the LGBT community? If anyone has read anything in regards to LGBT community at Smith College, please share. My search has been somewhat unsuccessful. =/

Thanks a bunch,

Chelsea

jeff's picture

Hmm...

http://www.unigo.com/smith_college/videos/15884/

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FreedomUniversal's picture

Thanks

Thanks for sharing the video link...very helpful =)

Chelsea

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gaynow's picture

This isn't particularly

This isn't particularly informed, as just a college-searching high school senior myself, but I've heard practically everywhere I've asked that women's colleges, and Smith in particular, are chock full of lesbians/queer women and have their share of transguys as well, and are generally very liberal and accepting and awesome. (A side effect of this, though, can be obsessive political correctness, but that's a consequence I don't mind so much.)

Is this curiosity or college searching? If the latter, I have to ask if you've looked into any other women's colleges (like Holyoke, Wellsley, or Bryn Mawr)? I myself fell in love with Bryn Mawr when I toured...

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kac's picture

Hey there, I go to Smith,

Hey there,

I go to Smith, and the LGBT community is really fantastic. One of my favorite things is simply how much it doesn't matter. When you're out in high school, there's such a pressure to politicize your identity and become the token gay kid. At Smith, there's none of that. There are still people who choose to define themselves by their sexualities, but it is so fantastic to not need to do that by any means. You are so much more than your sexuality. That being said, this is largely a result of the fact that you are surrounded by a large number of people who happen to like girls. The queer activism is not that strong on campus as a result (we have Prism, a "GSA" for better terms, and a resource center for gender and sexuality, but both are not incredibly well-attended), but there is the overarching feeling that there isn't nearly as much need for those groups as there would be at a larger, coed school because there is so much acceptance here already.

It's a great school, feel free to contact me if you'd like to know more!

FreedomUniversal's picture

Hey thanks for sharing!

Hey thanks for sharing! Aside from the campus environment, how difficult is it to get into the school? Can you give me an idea of what they are looking for in future students?

Thank you!
- Chelsea
www.freedomuniversal.webs.com/

terrabean's picture

Why would a Transguy go to a female only college?

isn't that kind of counter intuitive to the female part? I have thought about it because they seem very nice, but I am trans questioning, and if I am trans, I would really want to be in a situation where both guys and girls could acceptibly be. I would just feel wrong going to a girls college for that reason.

TerraBean

cynical1inthecorner's picture

I'm an entering first year

I'm an entering first year (one more week!), so I don't have first hand experience. But my impression of the queer community lines up with was kac said.

Anyways, re: transguys at Smith, I think it's understandable. Some people don't begin questioning their gender until they're on campus; one of the people I talked to at Transcending Gender (the org for trans students and allies) said it took until he was surrounded by all types of women to realize he wasn't one. On the other hand, some people come in questioning their gender, like the mouse that roared. I don't think being at a women's college undermines the validity of a transguy's maleness. Maybe it's a difference between wanting to pass as a biological male vs. not having a problem being obviously identified as trans? (I just pulled that out of nowhere, so it may be totally wrong.)

At any rate, Smith seems to be a pretty supportive place--more so than most schools, I'd imagine. Ex: On the new student questionnaire for my house (a.k.a. dorm) they asked us what our preferred gender pronouns were. :]