If you are someone you know is being bullied take action. Lambda Legal has designed this easy-to-read info-graphic with steps you can take as a student. At TXST look for rainbow “ALLY” signs on the front of faculty offices.http://www.lambdalegal.org/blog
Hi all! I just wanted to stop by and say how sorry I am for letting InQUEERy fall to the back burner. This semester has been super busy with all of the dialogue happening around the topic of LGBTQIA+ students on (Gordon College) campus. BUT, don’t think that means you, our beautiful audience, has to suffer! We’ll be back this week with more posts from students about their perception on the LGBTQIA+ experience.
Until then…here’s a super short post that I made for National Coming Out Day (which was technically yesterday, but who’s really keeping track). For those of you that don’t know, NCO Day is a time to recognize the LGBTQIA+ community and allow people to be proud and vocal of their sexual orientation. This day can be used in a number of ways, and this year I would love to see it be a jumping board for conversation.
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Coming out day is important for allies too.
I have chosen to support my gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender family and friends because, to me this issue is not, nor has it ever been about sex. It’s not about what happens behind closed bedroom doors or supposedly “immoral acts.” I support my friends in the LGBT community because I believe in fairness, justice and love.
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Today is National Coming Out Day, it has been so long since I came out I can’t remember when it happened. Unfortunately it is something that seems to happen multiple times with different people and different places. There are some more remarkable than others. It never ceases to amaze me the people who have known me for a long time and don’t realize that I am gay. I think that there are a lot of people who don’t think they know any gay people, when in reality they probably know a lot of them but just don’t realize that they are gay.
The one I remember being the most nervous about was to a very close good friend. It was done driving from Hartselle to Nashville years ago. I don’t even remember why we were going to Nashville, but I remember how nervous I was about the whole process. My…
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Presenting *drumrollllllll* A collection of thoughts and stories on coming out. here is a mix of stories on coming out, being an ally and the history of the day. Enjoy. Sorry it’s a day late.
At the recent Discussion of Ideas event with Kami Rutherford we covered a lot of ground. Ideas brought up ranged from starting a San Marcos based PFLAG chapter to how to form coalitions with other on campus groups and activities. Kami gave us some great ideas on how to form alliances between on campus clubs. Kami noted, those interested in LGBTQ issues can some times feel uncomfortable joining other groups. Similarly, students involved in activities such as athletics and religious organizations can, at times, feel pressured to not become involved with LGBTQ groups while in school. So that leaves us with the question of how to go about finding clubs and organizations that can serve as allies to build these relationships? Our guest Speaker suggested the best way to form on-campus coalitions is by encouraging students to reach out to friends and known allies as a way to build bridges between organizations.
After combing the Internet for inspiration, I found some wonderful groups that have found ways to support the interests and lifestyles of its members.
First up, an organization of LGBT Hindus in the Philadelphia area. For religious LGBTQ students finding a community that supports faith, sexuality and sexual identity can sometimes be a challenge. This blog gives some great insight on how to explore religion, culture and aspects of LGBTQ life.
A topic that was brought up again and again is how to make LBGTQ athletes feel more comfortable with participating in on-campus groups that are not just based in athletics? LGBTQ athletes are more and more coming out and making the case for inclusion in popular culture. For example, Nike’s BeTrue line is meant inspire people to “play with pride” and this past August the city of Cleveland hosted the 2014 Gay Games. Additionally, Non-profits like the LGBT sports Coalition are working towards finding ways to make the ideas we talked about at our own recent event a reality.
I post this not as answers to the questions of coalition and inclusion but as a continuation of the conversation we had at the Discussion of Ideas event. I hope this inspires a little something in you. If you are looking to learn more about the topic, check out the upcoming event taking place at Trinity University with Hudson Taylor. Hudson is a former NCAA All-American and team wrestling captain at the University of Maryland who decided that the discrimination he saw in the locker room was unacceptable. He now tours as an ally for LGBTQ athletes with his project “Athlete Ally, a nonprofit sports organization that calls on athletes, coaches, school administrators, parents, and fans to champion respect and inclusion at every level of athletics.”
Many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or questioning (LGBTQ) students go through a period where they struggle to fit in or feel alienated by their student body. It is important to understand their perspectives and address common feelings they may have as they enter or continue their college experience.
Dr. Victor Schwartz, Medical Director of The Jed Foundation, a leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting emotional health and preventing suicide among college students, answers a few questions regarding issues many LGBTQ students face, as well as how college students and campuses can promote acceptance and more inclusive communities. <Read the interview.>