By Emily Mahler
Community college’s definition is in the tittle, community. With people coming from different backgrounds to learn it is like a big family and according to Columbia University’s website 10.1 million high school graduates in 2012-2013 enrolled in a community college.
At College of the Canyons, the student population is made out of diverse individuals that come from different high school experiences to come to achieve a higher education and to be excepted as a whole.
That is no exception to the people on campus who classify within the LGBT community.
The LGBT community has always been some sort of outcast to the “heterosexual lime light” that is the world.
Not everyone in the LGBT community have been fully excepted in the community around them.
For example, your author, me. My experience in high school was okay. I was open in school that was somewhat most of the time very excepting but people were always silently judging people. some students didn’t believe that bisexuality is a thing and I am bisexual.
To see if anyone had the same high school experience as me and to get more information I talked to some students on campus who could relate to me.
Students that were interviewed come from different high schools and experiences about being open with their sexuality and being a part of the LGBT community.
High school is different for everyone.
“My experience in high school was honestly great, fortunately for me. Everyone was very accepting of who I was and I rarely ran into any kind of judgement or ignorance,” Mark Cortez, a 19-year-old student said.
“My experience being open was mainly positive but I was defiantly still an outcast.” Jessica Del Valle, a 23-year-old student said.
From being silently judged to having a great experience to feeling like an outcast, everybody wants to accepted.
When moving on to a new school experience you always want to be accepted even when you’re an adult in college.
“There is a difference in college students, they aren’t as shocked by someone with their non-heterosexuality.” Del Valle states about the difference between high schoolers and college students.
So, with the LGBT community feeling like a major outcast, how do they feel on campus? Can they be out and proud of who they are and not be in some sort of danger?
According to these interviewed students and myself they can be.
“Yes, I feel completely like I could be open with my sexuality on campus,” Del Valle said.
“I feel good about being open about my sexuality at COC,” Cortez states.
I also believe I could be open on campus.
“My professors and my peers have made it a safe environment for me and I know that there are many people that would have my back and protect me,” Cortez says in favor of COC being an open and safe campus.
For me, with this campus being open and safe, I have started a good college career and it’s been a great experience. I’ve made friends because of how safe and open this campus is.
COC is a safe and open campus for all of its diverse students.