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Re: “Hendrix to institute limited 'gender-neutral' housing

I would just like to say, as one of the interviewees in the article, I had no idea the concept would be so controversial. I would just like to say that I'm proud of my school, my friends, and my family, as well as the LGBT community and its straight allies. I have no ill feelings towards the people on here that feel as though we're asking for "special handouts" or that we're sinning by our sexual preference/identity. However, I do hope to clarify some of what the article may not have said outright.

As a gay man, I can live with straight men and have done so the last two semesters. I just feel more comfortable with a specific heterosexual female friend of mine. If this option were taken away, I would persevere and make the best of my situation. However, there are young LGBT students who are unable to stay in school because of the treatment they receive. These young men and women seldom have a voice. With recent consideration of suicides that have happened in schools because of bullying, this issue should be addressed. (And regardless of your religious affiliation or beliefs, NO ONE should EVER hope that someone should kill themselves. Even Christians know that it's God's, not our, responsibility to judge and punish.) At Hendrix, we're making a statement. We're showing our acceptance of different lifestyles so that others might follow suit. For those of you who believe LGBT persons shouldn't receive a quality education while also having their safety and well-being taken into consideration, I hope that you will step back from your preconceived notions and attempt to see them through our eyes.

Fear is a part of our community. Only recently have I realized that by giving out my personal information in the article that I could be the target of abuse or hate crimes. Despite this potential threat, the hope for a better, more accepting future is of more importance to me. If you disapprove of us and wish to change our actions with hateful words and threats, please leave us be. We all know what different groups say is in store for us, and I for one have it continuously in the back of my mind. What if I live my life well, am a kind person, treat others with respect, get a good education, volunteer, and raise a family in a loving home with my husband? [not to imply that sin wouldn't take place, especially if my entire way of life would be considered as such] Would I really still have no hope in a decent afterlife? I don't know what's in store for me, but I like to think it would be based more on my character than my sexual identity/preference.

Just know that we're here waiting if the time comes when you're ready to listen. Know also that we can listen and have conversations. I promise you I'm not trying to shove anything down your throats, but if you took the time to read this, I can only hope that you've gained a better understanding of GNH and the people behind it.

I try to go beyond tolerance and accept. I also realize that I can judge others. However, my awareness of my downfalls is one of the most precious gifts I've been given. So please, everyone, at the very least, tolerate and understand that we all have the potential to be wrong sometimes. Talking with others who have different views form our own is the only way we can learn and grow as people.

I apologize for the wordiness of the comment, but I was very emotional after reading the comments. Feel free to message me on facebook or email me if you have any questions or comments...yes, even hate mail.

- Aaron Aldridge
aaronaldridge@sbcglobal.net

Posted by ModeratelyIntrigued on 03/30/2011 at 1:43 AM

 

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