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It was a great week for the LGBTQ Community here! On Friday, The Vote Against Project staked out in the West Union and snapped hundreds of pictures (according to my unofficial counting). Even more exciting, Duke University and Duke Med issued a statement of support in favor of the LGBTQ Community.
Now, for notes from OC.
What's the best way to respond to a close friend who's just come out to you? I know I should be supportive, accepting without treating them any differently... but I mean at the ACTUAL MOMENT that he says "I'm gay," what's the best thing to say back? I don't have any problem with my friends being gay,but the only thing I can imagine saying is "oh," and I don't really think that's the most supportive response. At the same time, "oh [name]! *hug*" seems awfully pretentious and unhelpful. Any advice?
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).