September 3, 2012

Anonymous Posts (8.27.12-9.2.12)

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. :)

Hey y'all, I hope it's been a good FWOC for you. I hope you swung by the OUTstravangza on East Campus this Thursday, we had a lot of fun! There were lots of rainbow flags and ice cream, so honestly what more could you want?

Are you a LGBTQ identified woman? If you are you may want to consider coming to Women Loving Women! It's a monthly discussion and dinner group for undergraduate and graduate women who identify as LGBTQ and questioning. Membership is confidential. The first meeting is this week on Tuesday at 6:30. RSVP to by Tuesday morning if you plan on attending.

If you question gender, identify as trans, do not feel that you fit in traditional gender norms, or have any other non-cisgendered gender identity, Spectrum may the group for you. This is a confidential discussion which meets in the Center for LGBT Life. The first meeting of this group is Thursday at 6:00. Note: This is not a group to come to learn about other people. This is a group to explore your own identity.

Now, notes from OC:

Coming out to my friends has been the most frustrating/rewarding thing I've done in a while. It's totally awesome that my friends accept me, but it's really frustrating that they don't understand what being a lesbian means. They still hold me to heteronormative standards of beauty and try to give me advice (grow your hair back out, wear super tight skirts with heels) on how to look more "attractive." It would be awesome if we could do some type of campaign to help people keep their heteronormative views in check.

Please remember that there are a number of resources available on campus and in the local community. 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).

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