Current Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 01:12:25 -0400
The UNC-Chapel Hill LGBTQ Center extends our deepest sympathies to everyone affected by the recent deaths and injuries in our communities:
These tragic losses and have recently come to public attention, but there are daily acts of hate, bias and discrimination in lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and transgender communities that go unnoticed or unreported. The LGBTQ Center calls upon all people to stand against these acts, both subtle and egregious.
Individuals who participate in or fail to intervene in acts of intolerance — due to perceptions of someone’s known sexual identity, gender identity or gender expression — perpetuate this violence.
It’s crucial to educate ourselves, learn intervention strategies, engage in dialogue, and commit to end this bigotry, shame, and harassment. We must let all people, especially youth, know that they can live full, productive lives and embrace and openly express their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression regardless of how they self-identify.
This statement serves as a call to action. Please share, especially with youth, the information and resources available from organizations such as The UNC-LGBTQ Center (http://lgbtq.unc.edu); the LGBT Center of Raleigh (919-821-0055, Sunday through Thursday, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.); The Trevor Project — a 24-hour, national help line for gay and questioning teens (866-4U TREVOR or thetrevorproject.org) and the GLBT National Youth Talkline (1-800-246-7743).
Utilize these resources to support yourselves and your colleagues as you engage in the work of creating more just, inclusive, welcoming and equitable campuses, communities and world.
Terri Phoenix is a guest columnist for The Daily Tar Heel. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org