Standing Alone at the PA Track Championships

February 28, 2011 § 7 Comments

When others offer little affirmation, offer your own.

While jogging in the paddock of my final indoor state championship, I smiled earnestly feeling the building pressure caress my nerves. Rarely do the pressures of racing allow me to calm down. As I prepared for my race, I began to embody the same frantic yet calm drive I had as a Sophomore racing for my first time at outdoor states. Today would be the day people realize what I have been working towards for months – my first individual state medal, a PA #5 time, a National #21 time, and a personal record in the half mile. But many doubted I could achieve any of this – and with good reason too. « Read the rest of this entry »

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130 Teachers Changed: Anti-bullying Presentation Recap

February 22, 2011 § 6 Comments

“I’m proud of you, all of you, for being so brave” my Chinese language teacher managed to utter, her tears audibly hanging back, as she spoke to me via phone the day after our presentation. “We want to change, we need to change,” she confided with conviction softly- and as these words processed, I smiled understanding that our presentation had worked. If anything, we had initiated change, and what more can we ask for?  « Read the rest of this entry »

What Can Teachers Do to Help LGBTQ Students?

February 17, 2011 § 24 Comments

Whether you went to school in the 1950s or are a current highschooler, I am asking for YOUR HELP! In two days I will stand before 130 teachers and faculty members of my high school and assist with a presentation on lgbtq bullying and what teachers can do to help. While I certainly have my own experiences with lgbtq bullying and my personal views on what I think teachers can do to save the students of today and make for a better world – I want to hear your thoughts!

This Friday is the perfect opportunity to promote change within my school and I know my teachers yearn to support our cause – but they may not know just how to do so. They want to know what we need, what troubles we face, what hope they can offer.

So, to my blog readers and a community that has thus far been extremely supportive – I ask of you one thing: tell me what you wish your teachers would have done differently in high school, what they could have done to make your life better.

Feel free to share your ideas by commenting on this post, emailing me at craiggaymail@gmail.com or by Tweeting me your thoughts.

I can’t wait to read what you all have to say!

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Lost in Translation: A Mother’s Love

February 16, 2011 § 7 Comments

Trepidation. An initiator of rules. A mutation of love. A catalyst of paranoia – but not without purpose. Fear is a curious thing which we all experience in different ways. My mom until recently, feared for my future, my well being, and my aspirations. Yet on Saturday she mentioned nothing as I left to go on my 2nd to last college interview – a time where she would normally remind me to stray away from “that topic.” That gay topic.

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Dear New Readers, Welcome!

February 9, 2011 § 1 Comment

Dear new readers,

Welcome and thank you for visiting whether you found this blog from Outsports.com, tumblr, or any other site. Your presence is appreciated and I hope you enjoy your time here!

To learn a little more about me, feel free to check out my about me section or read through my posts. If the desire moves you, please comment and tell me your thoughts! If commenting isn’t your style, feel free to add me on twitter or email me at craiggaymail@gmail.com. I look forward to talking to all of you and I hope you join the conversation and the journey towards progress.

Sincerely,
Craig Cassey Jr.

Why Progress Should be Praised

February 9, 2011 § 22 Comments

This is part 3 of a 3 part series on homophobic slangs and slurs.
To read part 1 click here
To read part 2 click here

You wouldn’t want to get beaten by some random homo,” my coach said, trying to invoke some form of energy from a teammate. Sitting on the center of an indoor track, we loosened up before our open 400 race. After 3 days of workouts we had both grown tired. 3 nights of restless sleep led to my unusually hazy mindset which forced me to question what I heard; eventually I grew certain. Upon further clarification my mouth began to hang agape and a feeling of perpetual free fall loomed in my stomach.  « Read the rest of this entry »

Homophobic Slang and Slurs: Part 2

February 2, 2011 § 10 Comments

This is part 2 of a 3 part series on homophobic slang and slurs.
To read part 1: click here
To read part 3: click here

After an entertaining team dinner at TGIFridays filled with laughter, tears (from laughter), and fried green beans which were surprisingly delicious, my teammates and I listened to our coach’s motivational speech. This year’s theme: “focus.” 15 hours later as I stretched with our 4×400 relay in the paddock l fell into prime pre-race focus. I swear its a zen like state where everything around you is blocked out. Its just you and the track.  « Read the rest of this entry »

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