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Why Harvard Loves the Gays More Than Yale

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Sure, Yale may have its own gay co-op on campus now, but remember this is the same university that, when offered $7 million by playwright-activist Larry Kramer to create such a place, as well as pay the salaries for gay professorships, turned down the cash. And then they accepted $1 million from Kramer’s brother Arthur to create the Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies — and then they shut that down. Not exactly the gay-loving atmosphere some have come to expect at America’s elite liberal universities. So how does Yale compare to, say, the ivy growing at Harvard?

You decide. While Yale is busy rejecting cash for gay programs, the Cambridge school becomes the first to name an endowed chair for LGBT studies at an American college. Courtesy a $1.5 million gift from the Harvard Gay and Lesbian Caucus, reports the Times, Harvard will begin inviting “eminent scholars studying issues related to sexuality or sexual minorities” to teach on campus. (The chair is named after F.O. Matthiessen, who edited the works of folks like T. S. Eliot and Ralph Waldo Emerson, and taught at Harvard in the 40s as an openly gay man.

All the more amusing in the Harvard v. Yale debate? It’s Yale that — based only on anecdotal evidence, of course — seems to deliver more hotties per graduating class, which is how U.S. News should really judge schools.