I just filled out my on-campus housing application for graduate school. I was considering living off campus, but it makes more financial sense to live on campus. Under an optional section for comments to help in roommate selection, I put “sexual orientation: gay.”
I don’t know why, but my sexual orientation always seems like a strange thing to put on an application. I never once mentioned it in my graduate school applications, even if it may (or may not) have helped in showing how I help “diversify the graduate student population.” I prefer to be judged and accepted based on things that matter to my academics, rather than how socially different I am from other applicants.
I suppose a housing application is different from an academic application. I certainly wouldn’t want to be placed with a homophobic roommate. That would be both awkward and potentially dangerous.