In the fall of 2006, I followed closely the debate over a proposed LGBT student center at N.C. State University in Raleigh. The sheer amount of bigotry, prejudice and ignorance exposed during that time was astonishing.
The university’s campus paper, The Technician, reports that the LGBT center has now had its official opening. Now, almost a year and a half after the proposal for the center first surfaced, the rabid-like nature of anti-gay and prejudiced students hasn’t toned down a bit.
A comment at The Technician story (emphasis added):
I may be “tolerant” of gay and lesbian lifestyles. If nothing else behavior between consenting adults is one’s own business and supposedly there is some biological explanation to homosexuality. However, i have a major problem with transgender people. I found out a guy i went to high school with changed himself into a girl and I nearly puked. Perhaps there is some gay gene in a dude that makes him like other dudes. There is nothing natural, however, into installing female sexual organs and undergoing hormone therapy. My worst nightmare is going to the bar and meeting someone that looks like any other chick. Seems cool then while hooking up or later on I find out this person used to be a dude. I would seriously beat the shit out of that she-dude.
If some gay dude hits on me i can tell him to go away. Situation is different if they are sneaking under the radar as a chick that used to be a dude. NOT COOL
And another, although not as violent:
If you want to be gay take it in the poop chute all you like I do not care. Or if you are a chick that wants to make your girlfriend your life partner go right ahead. What is the rationale, however, for wasting student fees $$$ on a LBGT center for a place for a small minority of students to hang out and to spread pro-LBGT education.
If you want somewhere to hang out go to legends please don’t waste my fees on this, unless i can start a heterosexual center at NCSU.
And, some sanity:
That’s where you’ve got it all wrong “bro” its not about affirmative action or feeling like I or any of us deserve special treatment. It’s about getting the same treatment everyone else gets, just somewhere that can give it that understands, and about trying to teach asshats like you to understand so we don’t have to put up with the kind of childish crap you are spewing here day after day and live our lives as something other than second class citizens. Get a clue and think about someone other than yourself for once.
I guess the only good news is that the LGBT center is open. It’ll face some difficulties, I’m sure, in its first few months of operation. With N.C. State’s history of bigotry (an effigy of a gay student was hanged on campus once), I wouldn’t be surprised if the center if vandalized or patrons are harassed going in or out.
Also, a new comment was made on one of those old “N.C. State rears its ugly anti-gay face” posts:
I am against the LGBT center, I am an ncsu student. Do I hate gay people? No.
I am against the center because my money goes to pay for part of it, and I am heterosexual. I read in the Technician (ncsu student newspaper) that the center has barely gotten any use. And really, what do gay people need a center for? There is no heterosexual center.
Again, don’t label me as a hater of gay people, but we are all supposed to be EQUALS, and by creating this center that puts and end to that. I wouldn’t mind if a gay person built and financially supported the center by themself, I could care less, but for me to have to pay for part of it?
Since I have written a lot I will summarize my points, showing why I am against the LGBT center.
-The center is FOR homos, and I am straight. Why do I need to pay for it?
-What is the point of a “center”?
-The center isnt being used according to Technician
-Having a homo-center kinda takes away from the equal treatment…
-Also, ofcourse, I do not understand why people are gay, it is disgusting and unnatural, that being said gay people can do whatever they want and I dont hate them, I just dont want to have to pay for their center, they can make their own out of their money.
I wrote this post because I felt like venting, I didnt join the facebook group because I felt if people saw I joined that they would think I hate homo people, which is not the case.
Cameron, you don’t hate gay people? I guess that’s why you use pejorative terms like “homo” and “homo-center” and say, “it is disgusting and unnatural.”
Okay, so maybe you don’t really hate us, but you certainly don’t think we’re equal to you and you certainly aren’t giving us our full dignity and human worth.
It boggles my mind that straight people say they are the ones being discriminated against when services are created to help minorities who continued to be discriminated against in almost every area of their life.