We’re all aware, I’m sure, of the awful suicides in the news in the past few weeks related to teens bullied for their sexual orientation.
If you or someone you know is struggling with being bullied or is dealing with negative feelings (based on sexual orientation or otherwise) know that you are not alone. If you are feeling suicidal, please call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
On campus, we have a wonderful chapter of the Gay Straight Alliance, which “is open to all students, faculty, and staff. Its purpose is to promote a safe and hospitable learning environment for everyone regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. [They] are a social, educational, and advocacy group open to anyone who identifies as GLBTQ or an Ally.”
As the Diversity Statement says: “The College seeks to provide its students, faculty and staff with an environment free of exclusion and bigotry, thus promoting respect for and an inclusion of both differences and similarities in gender, age, religion, ethnicity, class, race, culture, geographic location, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, size, and physical ability.”
The library also has a lot of great resources for anyone who identifies as GLBTQ or would like to know more. Here are few books from our collection that you may find useful:
- The gay and lesbian guide to college life : a comprehensive resource for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students and their allies / John Baez
- The lesbian and gay movements : assimilation or liberation / Craig A. Rimmerman.
- Queer America : a GLBT history of the 20th century / Vicki L. Eaklor.
- Leading the parade : conversations with America’s most influential lesbians and gay men / Paul D. Cain
As always, if you need help looking up information on any topic, please feel free to ask a librarian.