May 14, 2012

Anonymous Posts (5.7.12-5.13.12)

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. :)

Well this academic year at Duke is officially a wrap y'all. Most of us have gone home to various places around the globe, and some of us graduated this weekend. To those graduating seniors, we love you, we'll miss you, and come visit us anytime.

I know Amendment One passed, and I'd be lying if I said that didn't get me down about the state that we spend most of our year in. But the fight for equality is a long one, and we aren't going to disappear. Amendment 1 will eventually go down in history books as one of the failed attempts to deny equal rights to LGBT citizens. So lets keep pushing history forward, shall we?

Alright, now some posts from OC:

In light of the passage of amendment one, I wonder what all this blog's readers thoughts are on living their lives in the state of North Carolina. I neither go to Duke, nor live in North Carolina, but I too live in a state with a constitutional ban on same sex marriage (Arizona). I love where I live and it has so far been my only home, but I don't think I'll stay here after I graduate. I am gay and I support the fight for equal rights, but of all of society's ills it is not the one I am most interested in solving. I have worked on sustainable urban transportation projects since my freshman year and it is a subject I've really come to love and one that I hope to work in for the rest of my life. I know many other members of our community that are much more involved in things like public health, education, international development etc. than they are with equal rights. Is it wrong to leave the state of Arizona with my hands up and say "as much as I love it, I'd rather pursue my passions in a place where I can marry whomever I eventually fall in love with"? As much as POTUS support was welcomed, it does not mean for a second that nationwide equal marriage is on the near horizon. How are we supposed to find a balance?
This semester I met a girl and as soon as I got home from work I immediatly texted my friend about the girl I met with the cool voice. Cool Voice Girl came up in a few conversations but not many and then finally I started seeing her around more and more. I knew there was no point in liking her cuz school was almost over and she was graduating and all that, but it was still awesome to hang out those few times we bumped into each other (even though I never failed to be at least a little awkward). I just wanted to thank her cuz she really helped me finish coming out to myself. I don't know how cuz we never even talked about anything like that but anyways...thanks Cool Voice Girl and good luck in your future!

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).

1 comment:

  1. #2 - if this is who I think it is (and I am who I think I am), of course! you're welcome. these things are tricky-we never know if we're meeting "family", and if we do, where they are in their coming out process, or if they're even LGBTQ at all.

    if this is who I think it is, it was my pleasure! I hope you enjoy the next few years at duke. you'll keep finding community-just remember us women are everywhere.

    and hey, i think you took risks too :) so keep doing it!