At many colleges, it's a standard part of the recruiting process once applicants are admitted. Current students who share individual traits or academic interests help reach out to prospective students with similar backgrounds or interests. So the young woman who expresses an interest in engineering will hear from a female junior in engineering. A black admit might hear from a black student, and so forth. The idea is that these students may be uniquely well positioned to answer questions and to make the case that the college is a good place to be a female engineer, a black undergrad, or whatever.

This year, the University of Pennsylvania is applying the idea to admitted applicants who are gay. Several experts on college admissions say that they do not know of any other colleges that have taken this step. [Update: In comments below, an official of Dartmouth College describes such an effort there.] Outreach to gay applicants is different in some key ways from outreach based on academic interests or race and ethnicity. Typically, applications ask about academic interests and race and ethnicity (although that question is optional), and no colleges are known to ask applicants about their sexual orientation.

Neil Patrick Harris to Appear on Glee

According to EOnline.com, Neil Patrick Harris will be appearing in an upcoming episode of the hit Fox TV show "Glee", and playing a character who is "really funny and really mean."

"So it seems Glee's writers are smartly honing in on their comedy sweet spot: deliciously devious characters who can deliver those breathtaking LOL one-line zingers. (See: Jane Lynch, and now Molly Shannon, who is rumored to be playing an enemy to Sue.)"

"So where does Neil's guest spot now stand? "When the news first broke that Neil was coming on," one Fox insider says, "it really wasn't happening at that point and nothing was written. But things changed fast, as they do."

Louis Vuitton MyMonogram

The search for our true selves seems never-ending, no matter the amount of hours we spend searching the bottoms of martini glasses or number of skin layers we have dermabrasioned off in the hunt.

But a favorite label of ours is streamlining the search for our true identity by letting us discover ourselves in the brand’s iconic designer bags; that’s right, move over leather-emblazoned “L” and “V”, it’s our initials that garner envious stares now.

Like any sexy item we’ve ever taken home, the MyMonogram program for Louis Vuitton’s line of bags will leave as quickly as it came. But there’s still about a month left to take advantage of the limited-time offer to customize your favorite LV bags with not only a monogram of choice, but with colors and stripes as well as their placement on the luxury goods.

Mexico Supreme Court Supports Marriage Equality

First reported in EDGE Boston, the Mexican Supreme Court has upheld marriage equality, rejecting three challenges to a new law in Mexico City as "inappropriate."

The rejected challenges were issued by the governors of three states, Guanajuato, Morelos, and Tlaxcala. The governors all belong to the PAN party, which is politically conservative. The judges found that one state’s laws could not be challenged by other states, nor could laws enacted in Mexico City, which serves as the nation’s capital, reported On Top Magazine on Feb. 19.

The Mexico City law, which goes into effect March 4, gives gay and lesbian families full marriage equality, including the right to adopt.

Champagne Bordeaux, Miss Gay Black US of A 2010

The new Miss Black Gay US of A was crowned on Monday night at J’s Bar in Fort Lauderdale. The winner was Champagne Bordeaux, local to the Fort Lauderdale area.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet though, not really. Tuesday commenced as usual,” Miss Bordeaux said of having won.

Miss Black Gay US of A was founded to bring equality on a national level to the ethnic stage. The pageant functions as an honest, open forum for black entertainers.

An infantry officer in Afghanistan explains the personal relevance of DADT

Sir,

This is indeed revolutionary stuff. Not the deliberate reconsideration of the DADT issue, but that you're actively encouraging such an adult, open dialog.

I'm one of your officers, currently deployed supporting a WIAS tasker and I look forward to my Division meeting up with me here in Afghanistan. My partner of 10 years and I have happily accepted the various assignments the Army has given me this past decade and have weathered my two 12-month-long and one 15-month-long deployments like, I would imagine, nearly every other couple - save for one detail: the partner I leave behind has no support from any official channels. He would be notified after my brother who is listed as my Emergency POC/NOK. After 10 years, my partner has earned the right to be told first about my death. He has earned the right to make my health emergency decisions. And, he has earned the right to be recognized for his sacrifices just as any other spouse. The exception being that he is not a spouse. We are not a recognized couple. And the very fact that he and I live in a marriage-like relationship could cause us to lose my pension and our financial security later in life.

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