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Save for a couple of minor homophobic occurrences, openly gay WCSU student Kyle Papallo said the university is a "very accepting environment."

University President James Schmotter noted the fact that the university's Gay Straight Alliance was voted best student organization last year is an indication of the university's tolerant environment.

Many Western students said they were saddened and shocked when they heard about Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old Rutgers University student who killed himself after his roommate streamed footage of him having sex with another man on the Internet. But the WCSU students said they did not think bullying or homophobia was a pervasive problem on campus.

"We're more tolerant," said senior Patrick White, 23, who participated in the Gay Straight Alliance's November 2010 Drag Show.

Still, the Gay Straight Alliance reacted to Clementi's death, which was the sixth gay teen suicide to make national headlines in September, according to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender website dallasvoice.com.

The campus already has "safe-zones," places such as professors' offices and the University Health Service, where students can go for guidance.

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The WCSU Gay-Straight Alliance held a Drag Show in November to call attention to tolerance and the need for acceptance.