Haha, it's not as though "gay" is listed as something to circle or check off, but over the past few days I've been debating making one of the minor essays for a particular scholarship be about the challenge being a closeted homosexual has had on my school life.
I can see it being bad on a lot of levels, if the reader is anti-homosexual then hmm. At the same time though, the scholarship isn't supposed to discriminate against anything, and it would honestly be something else to make me stand out amongst thousands of other applicants. It's also not just a ploy to score some money, I know that being closeted has inhibited me a lot in school.
The essay is 250 words or less, I have a fine draft for it which outlines what I want, I'm just uncertain right now. Realistically, if the scholarship people wrote something up about me (as a recipient), yippee for an easy out! Pun intended. It's also not the only essay, but it's one more that can be submitted describing family life/economic situation/extenuating circumstances etc. relevant to the whole application.
If someone wants to read what I have and then say yay or nay, let me know; sorry that this isn't a fun-filled or macabre entry, I really could use some advice though!