January 16, 2012

Anonymous Posts (1.10.12-1.16.12)

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 folks! Breathe a sigh of relief; FWOC is over.

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Duke has some fun and meaningful things planned. Check here if you're looking for a way to commemorate MLK's legacy.

I'm out of creative juices, so I'll recount a cool moment from my time at Duke that is related to MLK Day and Amendment 1. In 2010, Duke had the pleasure of welcoming openly bisexual Arizona state legislator Kyrsten Sinema to campus (plug: Sinema just announced that she is running for U.S. Congress!). A few years earlier, Sinema had helped lead the first and only campaign in the country to ever defeat a referendum vote on a constitutional amendment that would define marriage to be between one man and one woman (Hey, North Carolina, what do you say we become the second?). During her lunch with students at the LGBT Center, she shared that her favorite quote was by MLK: "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."

Now, notes from OC.

Stuff Cis People Say To Trans People

People assume that, since I'm a girl, I'm ashamed of my sideburns. I bring this up because I recently read an article on autostraddle (awesome website) about women embracing their facial hair. At first I thought it was weird and that I could never do that...but then I realised that I EFFING LOVE MY SIDEBURNS!

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).

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