May 16, 2011

Anonymous Posts (5.10.11-5.15-11)

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, hate speech, or express or insinuate that one is at risk for hurting themselves or someone else. Please read this for an explanation of this policy and seek help if your or a friend find yourself in that position. With those exceptions aside, please feel free to submit your thoughts and questions. :)

Hey y'all. I've spent the last week traveling between Philadelphia, southern New Jersey (pronounced: "joysie") and NYC. Mostly, I'm interviewing family members (grandparents, great uncle, another great aunt and uncle) for a personal oral history project. Interestingly enough, when I asked each of them what some of the defining moments in their life were, they all included getting married. Of course, internally, I'm like freakin' out because what I'm hearing is that marriage is this big life changing deal that comes to define people and most LGBTQQ people in this country can't have it!

In New York I met with some really fantastic people at the NBA/WNBA headquarters, including lots of Dukies! More on that in an upcoming post.

ConGRADulations to 2011 on receiving your degrees this weekend! That is a huge accomplishment and we're all tremendously proud of you. But don't think that This Community doesn't need you anymore, because we do!! The BDU Blog (this thing you're reading right now!) needs you to write our first ever set of senior posts! Reflect on your experiences at Duke and over these past four years for as long or as short as you want. You can sign it however you want, including anonymously. Find me (Risa) on facebook or email ( if you're interested (which you are!).

Now, for the reason you really came here--anonymous posts!

Just wanted to share what I found to be a great message...
MaryBSide video!
[Editor's Note: Sorry for posting a link and not embedding the video. It wasn't really cooperating.]

Please remember that there are a number of resources available on campus and in the local community. These resources are available over summer, too! 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).

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