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. :)
Hopefully everyone made it back to campus safe and sound and that everyone enjoyed their break. We had a great week here on the blog, starting with AJ's post last Friday about Shooters. The weekend saw Julian blog about gaydar, and on Monday we had regularly scheduled anonymous posts that you won't want to miss. Throughout the week, Shane questioned what Love=Love really means; Kyle introduced us to international LGBTQ icon Stephen Fry; Lawrence reflected on the time and energy it takes to navigate college as a queer and trans identified person; Pruitt shared his personal story as a survivor of sexual assault, and Logan explains why coming out matters in light of Amendment One.
Suffice to say, the blog had a great break. But we know breaks aren't always so relaxing for everyone in the LGBTQ community. If that's you and you need someone to talk to, we invite you to reach out to the resources at the bottom of this post. If you have a story you'd like to share more publicly, consider submitting an anonymous post.
Now, notes from OC!
So I asked about a gay club to take my friend to a while ago. We did end up going to Legends and it was amazing, so thanks for the tip! I awkwardly got a girl's number for the first time. Well rather I was so awkward that she asked if she could give me her number. The girl wasn't exactly my type, I didn't really feel a connection and I'll probably never text her (am I horrible for this?), but the whole interaction just made me feel...I don't know... validated as a gay woman. I finally got to act like my friends act at shooters, I didn't have to be crazy drunk to want to dance and I wasn't ready to go home 15 min after we got there. I just wish the school year wasn't ending so soon, I'm only just beginning to come out and that certainly won't fly at home.
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).