Words matter. And the language around gender, sexuality, and identity is constantly changing.
To any BGLTQ person who’s struggling with an unaccepting home this holiday season, I want to reaffirm that you’re deserving of unconditional love.
Faculty in all fields need to be better equipped to create comprehensive curricula that cohesively address issues of race, gender, sexuality, and other identifiers.
We must be vigilant today, tomorrow, on Nov. 6, and every day to help defend trans existence.
We can’t hide behind queer identities to absolve us from the real harm that cis people create in perpetuating transphobia.
One of the key reasons that I’ve become more comfortable being openly myself is because of other queer people around me making themselves visible.
For those of us who are not out in all or certain spaces on campus, know that your community is fighting to make this world a more welcoming place, and we’re here to support you regardless of your level of outness.
To queer people who are in un-affirming friendships, know that you deserve to be wholly seen and embraced by all of your friends.
While I love Simon and the youthful innocence he represents, he does not represent me or the majority of queer experiences.
If sexual education isn’t BGLTQ-inclusive, it has failed and harmed a part of the population that it’s supposed to be empowering.
Black queer and transgender people exist, and you cannot support black liberation unless you support the liberation of all black people.
Marriage isn’t the end-all-be-all of the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. It never was, it never will be, and any suggestion that it is is naive at best and detrimental to the movement at worst.
It’s incredibly important to allow people the agency and space to figure out who they are and label, or not label, themselves as they please.
Remember, you are more than your degree, more than your activities, and more than your schedule. First and foremost, you’re a person, worthy of respect, care, and comfort, from others and yourself. Setting aside bits of time each day to care for yourself can help you be a more fulfilled, complete person.
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