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 :)
It's been a while, Readers. Last week we didn't get any anonymous posts :((((((((((((( but it looks like we're getting back on track just in time for the beginning of the semester (eek).
A couple things to discuss:
- The Center's facebook page has too few fans, y'all (especially considering the number of people who 'like' this (seriously, Those 5 Million People? Seriously.)). If you're not a fan yet, let's fix that now!
- Risa wrote her first post for our friends at Develle Dish (hi, Develle Dish!) today. Check it out here :)
- This is probably my favorite graphic of the break so far. (via my friend Chris Russo's (sweet illustrator and pokemon/Nicki Minaj enthusiast) awesome Tumblr)
- This NYT article has been floating around on Facebook this week. Not to knock Utah or anything, but wtf a little, Utah? These kids are so badass though, and this piece is filled with so many great moments, like: "Ms. Goddard has warned officials that such policies may violate the federal Equal Access Act— a law passed by Congress in the 1980s, mainly to protect Bible study groups in schools, that has become a prime tool for protecting Gay-Straight Alliances from arbitrary hurdles." That has to hurt a little bit.
Alright. I... think I'm good for now. Anonymous posts, yo!
You know it’s funny. Despite me being out to all my friends and my immediate family, I still have reservations about what I post on Facebook that could “reveal” my sexuality because of my extended family. Sure my sister’s own sexuality was met with support or indifference from members of both sides of the family, yet I still fill insecure about disclosing my own. College has really opened things up for me, and I feel more comfortable in my own skin and identifying my own sexuality. But I feel as if this new me is invalid when I’m around my parents or online. Maybe it’s the stigma of the gay stereotype, or my mom’s desire that I’m not as “loud” about my sexuality as my sister is. I know my family won’t mind and my parents have expressed their support, but it doesn’t stop these feelings.
Being at Duke has allowed me to be open about my sexuality. Coming back home for the holidays has kind of left me feeling smothered and choked--not only with my family (who aren't all that accepting) but with a few of my old friends who I considered very close before college. Whatever the case, I know I can't hide who I am and who I've become; a stronger, more confident and happy person. I'll be spending the day with two close friends on Tuesday. I'm going to come out to them then. This is something I wouldn't have EVER thought of doing before starting college.
Why is it that LGBT people have to come out? Straight people don't have to "come out" as straight. If it truly makes no difference that we're gay...why do we have go through a production of telling everyone?
And who should we come out to? I don't have time to tell every single person individually. I shouldn't have to... straight people don't have to.