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. :)
Welcome to the first installation of anonymous posts in 2012! And, um, forget 2011...can anyone tell me where winter break has gone? No, really.
This week went especially quickly, so quickly that if you didn't have a chance to read last week's posts, now's your chance! John wrote allegorically about his role in the community; Megan opened up about some personal experiences to defend WLW, Pruitt recalls a conversation he had with his ex-boyfriend about love and sexuality, and Denzell finished the year with a post sorting through his identity as Black gay man, or perhaps as a gay Black man.
Now we're here, in 2012, and starting to call for SENIOR posts. Yeah, that's right. We graduate this year, folks! So get to your keyboard and let us know what Duke, this Community, your LGBTQA identity, etc, has meant to you. Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org!
I hope that everybody has a wonderful winter break, but here at the Blue Devils United Blog we know that that isn't always the case. There can be a lot of anxieties about going home, which may mean going back in the closet or coming out to family and friends or any number of things. Please reach out to the resources at the bottom if you find yourself in a position where you need support. We're a community and we're here to support each other, so keep checking the blog for new content and be sure to keep up with each other, as well.
Now, notes from OC!
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Russia's Gay Revolution, As Seen by An American Abroad
I really do not understand the argument "hate the sin, love the sinner." In all seriousness, what is there to hate about someone who, for all practical purposes, lives an admirable life, but is gay? Does the Christian/whatever else God (full disclosure, I was religious and am now atheist) really just hate the action of a man or woman kissing another of the same sex? Is it that bad?! If so, I think that this God is then a pretty damn judgmental one at best. I'm so frustrated with the whole argument that "God doesn't hate gays, he hates the gay lifestyle." Seriously? What about my life style is there to loathe so badly? I think I lead a pretty sensible life.. what's so bad about me? Oh, it must be that I like men? It seems then that my love delegitimizes my entire life. Hmm..
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).