A gay Harvard
University student was chosen to be one of 32 to win a
Rhodes scholarship this year. Ryan Thoreson of Fargo, N.D.,
majors in government and women, gender, and sexuality
studies. He is cochairman of the university's
Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, and Supporters
Alliance, a playwright, and a nationally ranked debater,
according to the Associated Press.
Sue Thoreson said
her son's social conscience differentiated him from the
other 15 candidates who made the cut from the regional
for kids who look like they'll give back to society
once they finish their education," she told the AP. "Ryan
will actually do it."
Thoreson said he
looks to attend law school after his upcoming studies at
Oxford. He wants to work with international human rights and
humanitarian law, specializing in gay and lesbian
According to the
AP, Thoreson interned with the International Lesbian and
Gay Association in Brussels last summer before interviewing
people for his thesis in South Africa about AIDS.