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, Community! Happy fall break!! It's a big, but shortened, week here on campus [am I the only one who thinks that the best part of break is not the days of but the subsequent shortened week?]: 1) My mom is visiting! So if you see a woman who looks sort of like me and is just as loud and energetic, be sure to say hi! 2) Our Lives Discussion Group is on Thursday at 6:30...and last but not least 3) COMING OUT DAY IS FRIDAY!! Get ready for rainbows and Love=Love shirts galore on the plaza. [Insider's tip: If you want to be guaranteed your color and size preference, consider volunteering for a one hour shift: 11am-noon, 1-2pm, 2-3pm. Email your name, shift time, t-shirt size (S-XXXL) and color (blue, black. kelly green, red, purple, pink, orange) to email@example.com...You may volunteer for more than one shift, but we can only give one shirt per person].
And now, notes from OC:
I'm questioning and its getting to the point where its really bothering/confusing/upsetting me and I know that I need to talk to someone about it. The problem is I can't bring myself to talk to anyone because I'm embarrassed/ashamed and I feel like if I talk to anyone about it I'll be automatically labeled as gay anyways. How can I overcome this shyness?
Please remember that there are a number of resources available on campus and in the local community. These resources are available over breaks and throughout the school year. 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).