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Two brothers from Chechnya. That was the official word early morning on Friday April 19th, 2013 as to who were behind the Boston marathon bombings. “Chechens.”

So, naturally, who do some brilliant citizens of the United States of America blame? The CZECH REPUBLIC, of course!

Here are those…

America, fuck yeah!

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A while ago, I penned a fairly angry response to something circulating on the internet – the 21 Habits of Happy People. It pissed me off beyond belief, that there was an inference that if you weren’t Happy, you simply weren’t doing the right things.

I’ve had depression for as long as I can…

Let us not engage the change that needs to happen in academic labor by telling people who could stand to benefit the most from credentials that we have socially constructed, through racism and classism and sexism, as more necessary for some than others that graduate school is a net negative. Because it is not.

Instead, let us consider a calculation of social distance, aspiration, returns on investment, prestige and cost. Let us give students a patchwork quilt of tools to determine that graduate school math for themselves rather than a blanket default condemnation that is rooted in our own social position, experiences, and privileges.

Should white students at Texas A&M be allowed to opt out of paying fees that go to fund black student groups on campus?

Should Muslims be permitted to withhold that portion of that student fee that goes to Christian organizations?

Should male Aggies be allowed to skip paying for women’s student groups?

Ridiculous you might say, but such nonsense is the focus of a proposed A&M Student Senate bill that would allow students to opt out of paying that portion of the student fee that funds the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Resource Center on campus. The center is available to all students, whether they are gay or coping with a gay roommate or friend. It offers non-judgmental information and support in a friendly, accepting manner.

The GLBT Center sponsors such things as Coming Out Week and GLBT Awareness Week, but it also promotes AIDS Awareness Week.

By now, surely everyone understands that AIDS is not a gay disease, but rather a human disease. It doesn’t discriminate between straight or gay, young or old, male nor female, black or white.

The reality is that with some 50,000 Aggies in school, likely thousands of them are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered. Perhaps many remain in the closet, afraid to reveal their identity for fear of discrimination or abuse. Even those who are “out” need the support and assistance the center can provide.

We understand that some people for religious or other reasons say they don’t approve of homosexuality and homosexuals. Fine, their approval is not needed, although acceptance, compassion and understanding would be nice. We suspect that many of those opposed to gays actually know some without realizing it.

Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman was adamantly opposed to same-sex marriage until two weeks ago — until his college son told him he is gay. The senator loves his son and came to realize that lifelong happiness is not a condition shared just be heterosexuals.

That is a common reaction when “straights” learn someone they know well and care about is “gay.”

But the issue before the Student Senate is whether students can withhold a portion of their fee that funds a group they oppose.

The answer clearly should be no.

College should be a place where students are exposed to different ideas, different beliefs, different cultures, different backgrounds. When they leave college, they will live and work in a society rich with people of all types. The barriers that are destroyed in college will help them in later years in their work, friendships and family dynamic.

The GLBT Resource Center receives $86,500 in student fees each year and another $13,500 from the university to pay for a graduate assistant. If the student fee portion is cut significantly, the center would be in danger of closing, hurting thousands of Aggies.

America is changing, and Texas A&M must change along with it.

A&M has a well-earned reputation as a welcoming place, although it hasn’t always been that way. Women, black, Hispanic, non-Christian and other Aggies suffered greatly in decades past.

Allowing students to opt-out of the fee that funds the GLBT Resource Center would be returning A&M to those sad and lonely days.

Aggies are better than that.

Much better.

On Wednesday evening, March 20th, a member of the Texas A&M University Student Senate introduced S.B. 65-70: The GLBT Funding Opt-Out Bill. This bill proposes “allowing students who object, for religious purposes, to the use of their student fees and tuition to fund this center to opt out of paying an amount equal to their share of the Center’s funding from their fee and tuition bills.” The author suggests that students have the religious right to “opt-out” of the student fees that go towards maintaining the GLBT Resource Center. However, as currently constructed this bill is a direct and blatant attack on the LGBT Aggie community. We hope to do everything possible to ensure that this bill does not pass through the Texas A&M University Student Senate.

Background:

Texas A&M University is currently ranked the least-friendly public institution for LGBT students by the Princeton Review. Because of this reality, we are still in the process of fighting to exist and to be positively acknowledged at Texas A&M.

As it follows, the introduction of S.B. 65-70 is not the first instance that the LGBT community has been targeted by members of the Student Senate. In 2011, during the 63rd Student Senate Session, a group of senators introduced S.B. 63-106: The Sexual Education Equality in Funding Bill. This bill proposed that the student senate support and advocate for an amendment that was concurrently before the Texas Legislature “to require GLBT resource centers to provide matching funds to traditional sexual education” and asked Texas A&M University “that such funding not be acquired through increased student fees.” In effect, the bill would have created funds for “traditional sexual education” programming by draining funds away from the GLBT Resource Center, while simultaneously creating a hostile environment on campus.

This bill passed the Student Senate but fortunately was later vetoed by then Student Body President Jacob D. Robinson; the senate attempted to overturn the veto but was unsuccessful. S.B. 63-106 was a direct attack on the LGBT community at Texas A&M University. Our resources were not dispensable in the 63rd session, and they are not dispensable now in the 65th session.

Our Position:

As a community dedicated to respecting diversity, we support measures sincerely aimed at protecting the religious beliefs of Texas A&M students, including those of many within the LGBT community. However, while SB 65-70 claims to promote religious freedom, we cannot ignore that it only allows students with one religious belief to control how their student fees are used: only religious traditions that disapprove of LGBT interests are given a voice. A bill truly dedicated to allowing religious designation of fees would make the opportunity available to students of all faiths toward whatever policy creates a moral conflict of interest for them. Given the extremely narrow scope of this bill, we can only conclude that its interest lies not in promoting religious freedom but specifically in targeting the LGBT community. Whatever the intentions of the bill may be, its effect is clearly discriminatory.

We stand for commitment to each other as fellow students of Texas A&M University. Our LGBT members are not separate from the community as a whole; they are an integral part of the backbone of the student body and of campus life. Depriving them of the resources that meet their unique needs and that help them succeed affects the entire community. The Texas A&M family includes students with diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and needs, bound together by our commitment to our university and to each other. An attack on our LGBT students is an attack on the Aggie spirit we all share.

It is unacceptable that the Texas A&M student senate is willing to institutionalize a forum for the student body to express its disapproval of LGBT students. This bill sends a clear message of exclusion to past, current, and prospective LGBT students, as well as staff and faculty.

Action Plan:

In light of these events, it is exceedingly important that we stand together, not only as a community, but as valued and respected members of the Aggie family. We need support from EVERYONE! This includes current students, former students, community members, and Allies. On Wednesday, April 3, at 7:00pm, there will be an open forum in Koldus 144 where students and community members will be given the opportunity to speak directly to the student senate, and we need you ALL to show up.

While this show of support will be absolutely crucial to our efforts, we want you to know that this is not the only action you can take. You DO NOT have to wait until April 3rd to let your voice be heard! Now is the time to meet with your student senators and explain to them exactly why this bill is so hurtful to our community. Now is the time to have conversations with your roommates, classmates, and friends. Now is the time for former students and community members to step in and speak up by writing letters of support sent to glbtaggies@gmail.com. Letters can also be mailed to GLBT Resource Center, Cain Hall C-103, 1257 TAMU, College Station, TX, 77843-1257.

Every single one of us has a story, and it is the sharing of these stories that is our best hope of changing the hearts and minds of those who are in support of this discriminatory measure.

“An Aggie does not LIE about who they are, CHEAT someone out of a positive experience, STEAL someone else’s dignity, or TOLERATE those who do.”

Sincerely,
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Aggies Est. 1976

Same sex marriage is very new… newer than cell phones or the internet.

-Justice Samuel Alito

Yeah, remember when same sex marriage first came out and it was bulky and really slow?

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And to think, we have this guy on the bench for life.

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jayaprada:

Chicago Students Protest in Support of Persepolis

There’s a reason behind the banning. American chauvinists do not want the working class and the people to know the reality behind the revolutionary movement in Iran. The book does a great job in visualizing the Iranian left during the 1979 revolution. The banning of the book dehumanizes the essential meaning of education and wants to advocate a Orientalist perspective of the state post-revolution. Banning this book can make it easier for the imperialists to invade the country for ‘humanitarian reasons’. The book does a great job in depicting the brutality behind the Shah regime and the ban just simply neglects the prospects behind the revolution. 

FUCK ORIENTALISM

what the fuck is wrong with Persepolis?!

Oh yeah, it shows Iran and Iranians in a human light instead of evil big baddie foreigners who want to destroy us all

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I bet he does. :)

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