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Hey y'all--Before we run down the cool stuff going on in the world, I must plug tonight's women's basketball game against CAROLINA. 7pm. Cameron. Be there and scream loudly, "GTHC." (Sorry, GLBTSA readers! We really do love YOU--just not your sports teams!)
GLSEN's "THink B4 You Speak" campaign, featuring Duke's own Grant Hill, aired outside of the Super Bowl stadium last night! It's sort of (really) a Big Deal.
My dad was here visiting this weekend and we did all sorts of fun things (read: ate a lot of delicious Durham food and did sportsy things). I'm rather sad that he leaves tomorrow AM. BUT! We've got some great stuff going on in the Community this week, like the Our Lives Discussion Group at 7pm on Tuesday! And a blog meeting on Thursday at 9:30pm in Few FF (specific location tba)!
Until then, read this week's posts from OC!
Discuss. Do you feel this is true of Durham? Can anyone relate to these experiences and/or personal interpretations?
Why isn't there a LGBT SLG????
Today hurt. One of my friends saw a family photo I was forced to straighten my hair and wear umm.... uncharacteristically girly clothes for. I was complaining about how awkward it was etc etc when she said, "I like it, you look like a girl here!" Yeah, I'm a gay girl and I don't try to look all girly. Some days I look a little boyish or whatever. But I'd like to think I can still be clearly seen as a girl. What makes it even worse is that she's my only friend at Duke who I'm close enough to and who is open minded enough for me to be out to. It's crazy to think how such an otherwise great ally could say something that bothered me so much. I don't know if maybe I'm just over reacting or what. But it hurts knowing that the only person I could talk this through with is the person who said it.
For those who are upset with Cynthia Nixon's comments, I encourage you to read Kristin and Dannielle's responses on everyoneisgay.com. Both of them are spot-on, in my opinion. I understand the potential backlash for suggesting that being gay is a "choice" for some people, but isn't that argument circular? By kowtowing to homophobes and saying being gay isn't a choice for anyone, we're just reinforcing that it's a lesser option. Kristin's last statement reinforces that notion particularly well.
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).