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I've been talking to friends in high school about their college searches and, as much as I would like our community to grow, after my experience of Duke I just don't feel comfortable telling queer people (especially women and trans/gq people) they should come here. Is it ethical to "sell" Duke to a student who could go to Reed, Vassar, Berkeley instead - somewhere with a more accepting atmosphere and a strong queer presence, where they could find support, safe space, community, dates (lets be real)? Is it ethical not to, and to shrink Duke's LGBT community even more?
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