February 21, 2011

Anonymous Posts (2.14.11-2.20.11)


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 :)

Not much to say today - just that Trans 101 Training is tonight at 5:30 in the Center! I've been looking forward to this all semester. See you there!

#1
I know it's been said before, but can I just say that the flags all over campus are really empowering to those of us in the closet working up the courage to come out. It makes me smile every time I see one, and they seem to be popping up more and more.

#2
A lot of people on campus think I'm queer, but I'm not. I don't do anything to correct this, and I feel like I'm doing my part to challenge norms, even though I'm cis and straight.

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  1. #2 - Thanks for posting! It's awesome that you're empowered by defining yourself by your own terms, and not what others think of you. Keep rocking it. =)

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  2. 1- i agree completely
    2- that's awesome of you

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  3. #2 - right there with you, buddy.

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  4. 2. Is it really challenging the norms if you let the stereotypes that lead people to assume you're queer go unchallenged?

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  5. #2: It's great that you want to define by your own terms, but something that I've always been a little worried about is losing my own identity in the assumptions of others. I love it when people don't automatically assume I'm hetero (although I am) but in the same sense, I hang out with a lot of LGBT people and the one thing that gets me is that others always assume that I am a lesbian because I hang out with so many LGBT identified people. It's almost as if straight people couldn't possibly hang out with LGBT people (although on a personal note, I don't know how to function around straight men anymore...=p) .

    I guess what I'm trying to say is that it's great the people aren't being heteronormative, however, they may be assuming you're LGBT because you hang out with predominantly LGBT people and that's just as bad if not worse (all people who are the same only hang out with others who are the same) .

    Before I go too far, let me just end with this. Own your identities and own all of them equally. You don't have to scream from the rooftops that you're straight, but quietly or even jokingly question why people would assume that you're LGBT automatically. Visibility loses meaning if the only visible people are the ones affected.

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