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Coming Out.

Posted 10-14-2009 at 08:11 PM by Esper
Updated 01-29-2010 at 12:20 AM by Esper
During this week at my university, it is time to celebrate the National Coming Out Day [October 11].

Throughout our center, we have a row of windows full of posters. One window is full of students coming out, one window is questions that one may ask themselves, one window is the gay pride poster, and the last window is a spectrum of students.
The spectrum is very diverse. We have it divided into four quadrants. Here is the set up:

Pretty simple set up. For students to display where they stood in the quadrants, they just took a post it and stuck it on.
You would be quite surprised at the way it looked. Many were within the Heterosexual and Muscular quadrant, which is a pretty obvious result. The surprising result was the Homosexual and Muscular quadrant. There were a little more post its there compared to Homosexual and Feminine.
Many people have that fixed stereotype that if you are homosexual, you must be really feminine. These type of stereotypes make me unhappy because it's something drilled into our head and we don't want to think otherwise.

There are many other activities going around for this Coming Out Week. There is one shirt that is pretty lovable. The shirt says "Gay? Fine by me." I may want to buy the shirt.../needs to withdraw cash from my bank first.

I mean why are people so scared of bisexuals and homosexuals? I'm sure all of you have met someone in the closet or out and yet you are fine. It's not like there is a disease you can get within contact of them.
They are human beings like everyone else. Many are nice and understand the boundaries between friendship and dating. As long as that bond is understood, who cares what gender they like.



Now here's something you don't expect about our Coming Out Week.

"Santa Clara University is a Catholic and Jesuit institution that makes student learning its central focus, promotes faculty and staff learning in its various forms, and exhibits organizational learning as it deals with the challenges facing it."
Yes, my university is a Catholic and Jesuit institution and yet we have SCCAP and GALA. Surprising? Probably to some of you but not to me. We are a very diverse community and willing to accept friends and colleagues by their personality and not by their sexual orientation.

Let's create an example.
If I were to say I was gay, would you treat me any differently? [This question is more towards friends since that would make more sense]
I'm still the same person as I was before. It's not like I had a complete personality change. The only difference between the friend relationship is that you know I like guys instead of girls.

I do realize some will slowly want to fade away but it's only because your mind is clogged with the idea of stereotypes within a norm. Once that is out of the way, you will begin to understand nothing is changed. If not, the thing you lose is [possibly] the great friendship you had together growing up.



Now you people know what university I attend. ._.

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  1. Torikakae's Avatar
    Same here. My university is a Catholic-Jesuit institution as well, and gays are in great demand. We even have an officially recognized organization called "Doll House" that is predominantly gay/lesbian but accepts straight people too, headed by their "Queen Mother" and have a celebration parade on the first week of classes~ And everyone's cool with that~

    Not to mention that gay guys always in demand for event organizations, presentations, and gays makes the best event hosts~

    And I know a few hard gays and lipstick lesbians myself, so manly gays and girly lesbians aren't a shock for me~
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    Posted 10-14-2009 at 09:52 PM by Torikakae Torikakae is offline
  2. Arbiter's Avatar
    There's chalk slogans and what not written on the concrete walkways of my campus.

    Every year it happens and you don't usually see many people garner respect as much as criticize the people who allegedly did it.

    I'm fine with everyone and I'm glad that my sentiments aren't much of an abnormality anymore.
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    Posted 10-15-2009 at 06:40 AM by Arbiter Arbiter is offline
 
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