ResolutePear wrote:What would stop me from going to Harvard and telling them, "I just banged a dude a couple hours ago and I'm gay. Boost plz." for the sole purpose of a URM boost.
My thoughts exactly.
Disclaimer: I'm not here to argue whether or not AA is right or whether or not LGBT is genetic/choice. The following is meant only to be a thought I do not necessarily agree or disagree with but one that may be relevant to those on the edge of acceptance. (And hence why it's here - so don't get pissed vanwinkle.)
So, what does it mean to be gay? Have we concluded that it is something that cannot change? What if one is bisexual: is that person gay or not? I am not looking for anyone to answer these questions here, but I would like to know how a state bar or whoever else might care would answer these questions. If I let out on an application to some ultra liberal college that might favor me for being gay (perhaps it's simply more likely members on the admissions committee are gay or gay-friendly), what is the worst that could happen? Does being gay make me have to be gay forever? Certainly gay people have straight relationships, why can't it work the other way around? Why can't I decide that I am just confused about my sexual orientation and that eventually it matured? Who is to say that my declaration of sexual orientation at any point in time should be definitive and that I should be held to it?
Again, those questions are rhetorical.
Now, for my point: To me, with respect to law school applications, homosexuality is the ultimate stealth "minority" classification: everyone can claim it, no one can dispute it. IRL there are people everywhere "coming out" for publicity, fame, and fortune. Being gay in some crowds is incredibly powerful. I guarantee many people declare a sexual orientation for reasons other than true sexuality. And I know those people do so knowing very well that there is very little risk doing so. I think the same is true w/ law school apps.