February 28, 2011

Anonymous Posts (2.21.11-2.27.11)

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 :)

Risa here. [Ed. Note: Thanks for filling in for me this week!]

So, if you haven't heard yet, Lady Gaga's video for Born This Way came out (I'm punny) today. Before I'd heard it, one of my friends told me that it was "basically an anthem for the LGBTQ community." Given that the music video opens with a pink triangle and a unicorn, that friend just might be right. I must confess that (my loneliness...oh, wait, wrong pop artist), my favorite line is "don't be a drag, just be a queen." And we have some fabulous drag queens at Duke, if I may say so!

In other (more important) news, women's basketball beat Carolina (sorry GLBTSA, friends) last night and clinched a share of the ACC regular season title. We have the top seed in the tournament, which is this upcoming weekend in Greensboro. Thanks to all of you students who burned benches to celebrate. Not.

That's all I got for now. And now for our anonymous posts, folks!

Oh, and I know it's midterms and in your mind you're already at the beach or on the cruise, but keep your submissions coming!

I have learned more about myself in the last semester than I have in my last couple of years. Most of that is thanks to Common Ground and the LGBT community at Duke. I have always kinda known that I was bi, but this last semester has really made me want to explore my bisexuality more. I feel like one of the reasons that it is so hard to come out of the closet as a bisexual is because you really can get by only being attracted to one sex. I often think that it would be dumb to put myself through all the struggles that non-straight people suffer when I could just appear to be straight. However, seeing other bi-sexuals (well one) at CG and just hanging out in the LGBT center has really helped me be more comfortable with my sexuality. Its even gotten to the point where I discuss going to gay clubs with my straight friends and have come out to numerous (well 2) people. But now I’m kinda on a roll and all I want to do is tell more people. Its so amazing that my experiences at Duke in the last semester alone have inspired so much confidence in me. I wish I had been a part of the LGBT community all along.


  1. #1! This is so exciting. :D It's absolutely huge that you're on a "roll" of coming out, and I'm really happy for you that it's worked out so well at Duke. I found that too-that I didn't start to *really* enjoy Duke until I was completely out. And I know that's different for everybody, especially based on family situations and everything, but I can completely relate about finally feeling great about Duke and myself post-closet. :D Congrats! Enjoy your last semester!