Is going Black Face for Halloween acceptable?

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The answer is NO.

The fact of the matter is that racism still very much exists today in the United States. even though it is Halloween, a time to dress up and have fun in costume, be someone other than yourself, portraying black face is unacceptable. Julianne Hough may be an actress and not mean anything immoral by it but there are still many people that will take offense to it. The sad thing is that Julianne could have portrayed a white actress. There are many on the show Orange Is The New Black but she chose to portray the black actress.

The context of the costume will be lost on many because racism still exists. it is still a touchy subject in this country. It would be a perfect world if we could all learn to laugh and joke but the time is not now. Julianna, my message to her is that she should have been more sensitive and known what she was doing.

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Time to end Bullying. Spirit Day.

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In a previous blog post, I wrote about National Coming Out Day. Today, my post is about Spirit Day. It is a national event that is hosted by GLAD and encourages people to go Purple. This is a day to honor and remember the LGBT Teens that took their lives because of bullying. It is also a day to take a stand against Bullying. Bullying needs to come to an end. I know that it might be a pipe dream to think that we will ever life a live without it. We as humans, at least some of us, need to make ourselves feel better. So, we take it out on others who are less fortunate or are different.

On this day, I want to encourage everyone to say hello to someone they might not normally talk too, ask a stranger how they are or wish them a good day. It would be wonderful if parents could talk to their kids about the negative affects bullying someone can have on others. It is heartbreaking to hear that teens and even adults take their lives because they are bullied, even more disheartening because they are gay. As a lesbian woman, I have been pretty fortunante to not have any backlash because of my choice in sexuality, but sadly, I know that I am just one in a few handful of people. I dream of a world where kids can go to school and be safe, adults can go to work and not feel as if their job is on the line. It’s time to end bullying. This was a thought that has been on my mind all day becaues on this day, it makes me think of the teens that committed suicide and I know that families are feeling their absence everyday.

This is my personal message to everyone out there, if you are in need of a friend, you have one here. Don’t resort to taking your life because of homophibic bullying.

Why we still NEED National Coming Out Day.

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This past Friday was National Coming Out Day, held on October 11. On this day, I saw several posts asking why we need this day, why does it matter. Well, I’ll tell you why. We, the Queer community, still need this day because there is still homophobia and people that are afraid to come out of the “closet” and live their life. When a celebrity or sports figures comes out as either gay or straight, it is always a bit win in my opinion. Them coming out to say they are different because they love the same sex shows any teenager or adult that it can be okay to come out, that you will be accepted.

National Coming Out Day gives people hope, hope that one day the words “I’m gay” or “I’m lesbian” won’t be met with a backlash of homophobia, that they won’t be kicked out of their family. It is always scary to out yourself. I have outed myself in two classes while here at UNT. I was afraid of what would happen after I said the words I was a lesbian or gay. I have yet to experience Homophobia and I am thankful for that but I know that I am just one of a lucky handful. I know that people face discrimination everyday in the workplace or school, that they are bullied. Until homophobia is gone and acceptance is something practiced globably just the idea of coming out on this day will mean something. UNT Glad had a “door” that people could step through. There is definitely something validating walking through the door around a bunch of people. The response that people give you is positive and encouraing and everyone needs that.

One day, this day will just be a fun experience for people to step out of the closet for fun, to rejoice in the fact that they found love with someone of the same gender. But until then, to those struggling with their identity, discover who you are and embrace it then step out with pride and be fabulous!

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Wendy Davis for Gov. Of Texas

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Politics is not something I pay close attention too. As a busy college student working two jobs and trying to keep up with homework, I find myself with very little time to do much of anything else. However, when Wendy Davis to the floor of the Texas Legislature and delivered a 13 hour filibuster, I was paying close attention to this woman. Now that she has officially announced that she was run for the Governor of Texas, I am ecstatic!

It is about time for a woman to step into the office and take charge of this state. I know that the road will be tough for her but if she can stand for 13 hours with little help, I know that she will do her very best to win this. It is time for a woman to stand as the leader of the state that is one of the most hated states in the US. I know that there are many who do not want her to win, that will say a woman can not run for the Govoner of Texas but Ann Richards did it. She was a ballbusting tough old cookie that, I have a feeling, didn’t take no for an answer.

I am excited to follow this race. I would really like to see a woman in the seat. It’s 2013. Women are capable of anything these days. I know that whether Wendy wins or not, it will let other women see that they are capable of so much more than they realize and that the only way for a woman to see results is to do it herself.

Wendy Davis has my vote.

#TeamWendy