How to Choose a Gay Friendly College

April 24, 2011 § 9 Comments

A time teeming with excitement, nerves, and seemingly endless possibilities, the months preceding college admittance and “committance” can be a stressful one especially for lgbtq students. As May 1st, the final day to commit and send in deposits for incoming college Freshman, quickly approaches – I see myself still undecided between two universities; having gained knowledge on how to find an lgbt friendly college that I wish I had two years ago when I began this process. I am certain both my universities will be solid fits. What follows below is a guide containing a collection of resources, tips, and my personal favorite search terms to help you find an lgbtq friendly college that is right for you! « Read the rest of this entry »

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Remembering the Closet – Day of Silence Reflection

April 17, 2011 § 9 Comments

Rolling down my arm, anxious sweat stumbled from body to shirt as I sat, hands folded politely on my desk, feet slightly shaking in the air. The Day of Silence had begun again and for the 4th time I was participating by choice. Surprisingly, my Day of Silence experiences have never mirrored a previous year’s. As a freshman my silence evoked a pride from me which went unmatched for many weeks. Sophomore year my silence felt defiant and strengthening, while relaxed and casual was my Junior year’s Day of Silence, feeling almost too easy – perhaps because my gradual coming out process was nearing a close. This year I sat awkwardly in silence though I am more out than ever before, leaving me wondering: have I gone backwards? « Read the rest of this entry »

How Teachers Can Help: Day of Silence

April 13, 2011 § 5 Comments

A thousand mouths not uttering a word yet their message will be heard more loudly than ever…

As Friday approaches, thousands of teens prepare for one of our favorite stands against hate: GLSEN’s Day of Silence! Becoming more common in schools across the nation, the Day of Silence is a planned day of protest against lgbt bullying in order to raise awareness while temporarily limiting conversation. But teens are not the only supporters of DoS, many teachers support the cause too though they aren’t always sure how to help. What follows are a few tips to help you (teachers) use the Day of Silence as a catalyst for conversation and spark change amongst your students, or at least shed light upon the tragedies occurring. If you’re a student, try asking your teachers to do some of the following or comment or tweet me and tell us how you think teachers can help!

Day of Silence 2011 April 15

Day of Silence April 15th, 2011

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Positivity and Greatness, Keys to Inspiring Your Community

April 8, 2011 § 12 Comments

Teeming with new experiences, new friends, and new dreams, my past two weekends consisted of an official visit to Georgetown University for track and a weekend spent with my student council friends at LEAD (a national leadership conference for teens.) 4 weeks ago, I would not expect to experience flying rubber chickens, a distance run with my potential future teammates, and the joy of teaching a workshop; three experiences I would never trade for the world. But as I reflect upon my recent ventures, I wonder what made them so great in hindsight when compared to a friend’s depressing recent venture into his school’s GSA for the first time – a club made to benefit him! Why do I smile at the thought of attending school in DC, or burst out laughing when remembering a leadership conference while my friend cringes at the thought of a GSA? What it comes down to is « Read the rest of this entry »

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