Anonymous asked: Hey! I'm pretty sure I'll be attending either UCSB or Davis this coming fall and was wondering how the LGBT community is at UCSB? And if you know, how it compares to Davis? Thank you!
Hey! Well first of all I think it’s awesome that you’re planning on going to either school, both are pretty rad, woooo!
Something pretty noticeable about UCSB (and a huge reason why I chose to come here) is that the atmosphere here is so open minded and relaxed.
I volunteer at UCSB’s resource center for sexual and gender diversity (basically our LGBT center), and let me tell you, there are SO many resources, events, clubs and more celebrating and investigating queer identity. I definitely feel happy and safe to express myself on campus, and have found many great people who are also apart of the LGBT community.
I’m not saying it’s perfect; if/when you party out in IV, for example, you could definitely run into homophobia. Thankfully I’ve never experienced anything negative, but I have heard stories. Also, a large portion of the queer community here is mainly just into hooking up…something that I’m not really a fan of lol. But still, you can definitely find genuine people, it just might take a little bit of searching and networking (in my opinion, at least).
Overall I’d say that we have a really strong queer community. When I went to a conference and talked to other UC’s about theirs, ours seemed to be one of the strongest, along with Berkeley and UCLA. I can’t really speak for Davis.
Hopefully that helped, and good luck! (Go Gauchos! :D)