IOWA CITY  — The University of Iowa has become the nation’s first public university to include optional questions about sexual orientation and gender identity on its admissions application.

The university announced Wednesday that its new application asks students whether they identify with the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer community. The application also offers transgender as a gender option.

Campus Pride is an advocacy group that works to improve the college environment for gay and lesbian students. It says Iowa’s move is the first by a “major, public, and national research university.”

Elmhurst College became the first U.S. college to include similar questions on its application last year. Elmhurst is a private college in Illinois.

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What does Campus Pride have to do with this decision? (Their name just sort of pops up with no previous use.) Do they support this change? Does the application actually use the "Q" word? What is the purpose for these questions? Are these questions used in consideration of campus housing assignments? Is there some advantage that these students will receive over straight students? Is this so the university can monitor these students in some way?

Seems like there is a lot more information that could be given.

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