Every week, we collect anonymous entries sent in using the link on our sidebar and post them all on Monday. We post anything as long as it doesn't contain personal attacks or hate speech. Feel free to submit your thoughts and questions :)
Hey. Community. I have 320 flags in my room right now, and 263 requests for them. That is so many flags and requests for them! The Most Flags and Requests for Them. And this is an awesome thing.
But! But. The only way to put these up efficiently and effectively is if I have a ton of people volunteering to help. Our MO (no pun intended (okay, sort of pun intended)) will be installing flags one building at a time (dorm storming) over the course of a week or so. As such, the number of people we'll need to help every night will vary anywhere from 10 to 30 depending on the building(s) (ahem). So please! Sign up. Like, you don't have to be free every time we're putting up flags (because duh you don't have to be free every time we're putting up flags) and if I have 60 or so volunteers to solicit every outing (lol) we should be good. You can sign up to help by commenting on this post, sending me a message on Facebook, sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, slipping a note under my door (?) (Kilgo J 210), or, I don't know, leaving a post-it in the Häagen-Dazs freezer in Bella (something I frequent often :///).
-You right now, probably.
In other news, WOMYN CAME IN TODAY EVERYONE AND THE EDITORS HAVE SEEN IT AND BY ALL ACCOUNTS (read: GIGGLES) IT'S AMAZING AND YOU SHOULD TOTALLY PICK ONE UP WHEN IT HITS STANDS NEXT WEEK AND IT'S ALSO NOT TO LATE TO WRITE FOR IT (YOU AND ANYONE AND ALL YOUR FRIENDS SHOULD TOTALLY WRITE FOR IT) BECAUSE WE COULD, LIKE, STILL STAPLE A PIECE OF LOOSELEAF WITH YOUR ESSAY ON IT TO ALL OF THE MAGAZINES THAT CAME IN TODAY!!!!!
I tease :) Megan, Jack and Summer have worked incredibly hard on this and I really can't wait to see the finished product. I'm also superexcited for this event!
And lastly, tomorrow is Election Day, y'all. Let's vote? Let's vote. In the spirit of Super Tuesday, I'd like to provide a guide on how to not ever win any (let alone gubernatorial) election in New York:
Oof. What a Jerkasaurus Rex. Who's running this guy's campaign? Captain Stupid? (I'm majoring in Wit Studies at Duke, if you couldn't tell.)
Anonymous posts for the week, yo.
A lot has happened in the last two weeks that has been really overwhelming and painful, and very little of it was at all related to sexuality. Just being at the center has been a huge help though. I am so grateful that so many people have worked so hard to build such an accepting community. When I'm at the Center I feel so cared about.
There are obviously a lot of meaningful challenges associated with being LBGTQ identified at Duke. And yet, for everyone who has made it out to the Center, I would really encourage you to take a moment to think about what its like to be a part of any community at Duke who accepts you for who you are, because so many people at Duke don't have that.
I want to thank everyone for making me feel so loved.
Hi everybody! I'm still kinda new to Duke, and I recently found out about this blog, and I have actually been enjoying the pieces on there..Anyways, so I have a quick question: like so many of the other anonymous posters, I'm still struggling with coming out and so it would be so hard for me to come to the BDU center. And, sometimes I feel like my situation is quite complex too as I was raised religious, plus I'm black too...so that carries with it issues of its own.. But I still feel like I am missing out a lot and I would ideally like to meet and get to know someone, but that seems hard on it's own (with out coming out)..anyways, that being said, if anybody is in a similar situation or would like to talk or offer any tips--or just meet someone new, shoot me an email email@example.com [if this is acceptable]. Thanks
I would like to thank the editor of this blog for making it such a helpful, great looking resource for our community. Keep up the great work Chris Perry!
[Ed. Note: Deleted. This wasn't so clear cut, as I think there's merit in examining historical documents no matter what they say. However! This has to be done in the right context. As in, "Hey, let's examine this historical document for what it is" not "why aren't we doing this anymore?" And as commenters have pointed out, the pamphlet contained, uh, literal hate speech directed towards entire groups. And as I'm quoted below, hate speech in this context shouldn't be tolerated. As completely awful as Jesse Helms was, we don't wish death upon people because duh. And if the text had been hosted on this site, with the same context, it would have been a no-brainer. But linking to a completely different website makes the scruples here a little less obvious. After speaking to many people, though, we decided that (as a good friend interpreted our policy) "I would take the word 'contain' to include content not only written by the poster but contained in the post. Adding the hyperlink essentially makes that document part of the post."
This may seem didactic and verbose and didactic, and apologies for that, but I'm trying to explain the thought processes here. Even though this blog will be a year old in a week, there are still things that we're feeling out and issues that have no precedent. I take this seriously because I am thinking long-term, and being reactionary or going for a quick-fix would not be the most helpful.
I'm sorry to anyone offended that I linked to the document. I did not read all eight pages before posting it (because eight pages) but this is obviously a mistake I won't make again. And once I had read it, I was caught off-guard and had to carefully decide what to do. So, yes, sorry that something we ultimately decided to take down was up for 20 hours or so. Thanks for being patient, y'all.]