Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Happy National Coming-Out Week!

As many people know, I am a serious supporter of gay rights issues. It's increasingly becoming one of my biggest passions, and I could definitely see myself working long-term in LGBTQ rights & community-building. There is such stress put on the divide between "heterosexual" and "homosexual," but in reality we are all people. I have loved the past couple of meetings with our unofficial GSA on Belmont's campus. Just because BU won't officially let us be a recognized group, that won't stop us from being a community and supporting one another in this important, transitional time in our lives. LGBTQ students need a welcoming support-group the way that theology students going through spiritual crises do. It's a HUGE life issue, and we all need to have somewhere safe to turn to.

Also, the number of suicides and tragic bullying cases this fall have been devastatingly high. We need to reach out to one another to offer protection and support, and prevent the kind of bullying and degradation that has been happening to kids in schools.

I am an ally. There is no us & them, there is only a WE. Anyone who chooses to lash out in hate and judgment against the LGBTQ community has also to deal with the vast and expansive group of allies. We will not stop fighting for justice.

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