Hey, folks! I'm currently in Philadelphia visiting with family and observing Passover (which starts tonight), and I just
I was driving with my Bubby (yiddish for grandmother) and noticed that some street signs had rainbows under them. I asked her if she knew why, but she didn't; neither did her good friends. Some quick googling has taught me that in fact, I am 4 blocks from the "gayborhood."
Passover isn't just the story of Israelites' exodus from Egypt and the ten plagues, or whatever. At its heart, it's a story of personal and communal liberation. It is my sincere hope that in the year to come, all of us, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, atheists or agnostics or anything else, will make progress in breaking off our shackles from anything that is holding us back--as a community and as individual. Wishes for a חג פסח שמח and a happy Holy Week, if you do either of those things.
A plug for two campus publications that are just out, or about to be later this week, and might be of interest:
Thing 1) The fourth issue of Encompass, the student made magazine sponsored by the Kenan Institute for Ethics is now on stands. The Blog, our anonymous posts (THAT'S YOU!) and former blogger-in-chief Chris Perry got some coverage in Ryann Child's two-page spread about the internet, campus blogs, community and anonymity.
Thing 2) Unzipped, Duke's Journal of Gender and Sexuality will be on stands this week! There is a launch party open to the entire Duke community on Wednesday in Von Cannon C from 6-8pm. Facebook event here.
In case you didn't hear...last week, Kobe used the terrifying "f word"...and I don't mean that he came out as a feminist! The League fined him $100,000 (that's two years of a Duke education, but somehow I don't think it's big money to him). I just hope that the money went to the HRC or Trevor Project, or something affirming and working for the LGBTQ community...but I'm not holding my breath (if it's anything like what the WNBA does, it does go to charity, though). John Amaechi, a former NBA player who publically came out after his career (but wasn't totally in the closet toward the end of it) wrote a response, here.
Finally, thanks to everyone who made Friday's Day of Silence a success! The pictures were wonderful and the sayings were deeply moving.
And now, for our most famous anonymous posts!
In high school I was 150 percent sure I was a lesbian I had a huge crush on my best friend (that didn't end well) and then I left for duke ready to find the perfect girl. This year I started crushin on this girl down the hall but she reminded me of my best friend so I know things prolly won't end well if I try to get with her. Lately I've been seeing this guy. He doesn't really turn me on but I like his personality. Well except he's wayyyy to sexual. So I guess now I'm basically confused. I like this guys personality but I like this girls personality too and she turns me on. I'm just really not sure if I'm. Gay or not. How do you tell the difference between a small girl crush and being a lesbian? I really didn't want to end my freshman year being so confused
I'm starting to feel like maybe other females will just never find me attractive, or want to be with me, and I should just stick with males. It's hard to listen to the little voice inside when all you're getting back for it is rejection.
any tips for meeting gay guys in DC this summer?
good read from one of the plaintiffs in the Supreme Court case striking down bans on interracial marriages
Please remember that there are a number of resources available on campus and in the local community. If you or a friend are experiencing thoughts or urges to harm yourself or somebody else, please reach out to the following resources: In an emergency, please don't hesitate to call CAPS at any time, including "after hours" at (919) 966-3820. Ask to speak to the advice nurse and tell them you are a Duke student. You may also call the Trevor Project, a national hotline specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and questioning youth (college students included). Their number is 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386).