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Old 07-19-2011, 03:13 PM   #1
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I'm hoping people can give me advice on something I am completely unsure about. I am currently applying for a program which requires a personal statement of who we are and what we have done with our lives. I want to include all my relevant volunteer experience but that's where my ethical issue comes up. I was the youth queer director for a youth group for a year and want to include that as its one of my more recent volunteer activities. However, I am marrying my opposite sex partner next month, so I'm not sure if it is ethical to include it as I don't want to have them assume I only used it to try and get into the program.

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Old 07-19-2011, 04:02 PM   #2
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I'm straight and have volunteered for GLBTQ orgs and attended quite a few functions. If I had to fill anything out, I'd be proud to note my extracurricular activities. I've considered, what if they were an organization or company that was anti-gay, and have decided I couldn't work for them then so it's a moot point. Bottom line to me is gay people are human beings and people who don't get that, I really don't want in my life if I have anything to say about it.
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Old 07-19-2011, 09:09 PM   #3
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My thoughts are that you can only control so much about what people think about anything you do, have done or say. If you consider that a notable activity in fitting with what they're asking for, then put it down there.

It falls in line with one of my favorite quotes, which is "If we're going to be damned, let's be damned for what we really are."
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Of course you should include it - it meant something to you (I assume) and gives some insight into your nature.

Queer people aren't the only ones who volunteer to work with queer youth, just as old people aren't the only ones volunteering at seniors' homes, and homeless people aren't the only ones volunteering for United Way. You did something considerate for others, and that's really all that should be taken from that activity.
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What the others said.
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Of course you should include it - it meant something to you (I assume) and gives some insight into your nature.

Queer people aren't the only ones who volunteer to work with queer youth, just as old people aren't the only ones volunteering at seniors' homes, and homeless people aren't the only ones volunteering for United Way. You did something considerate for others, and that's really all that should be taken from that activity.
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