In a clip from a recent reality TV show, a gay guy is arguing with a Chinese woman who had invited the Red Cross to take blood, telling her that she had invited a group which hates him. He says, “You just wouldn’t understand, because you’re not a minority.” Flabbergasted, she points out that she’s Chinese. A couple weeks ago, I saw a video of a guy on twitter saying that Lady Gaga shouldn’t be a gay icon since she doesn’t know what it’s like to face discrimination and hate every day of one’s life. Someone pointed out his mistake regarding Lady Gaga’s sexuality-- she’s bi. However, I think this correction was inane because the discrimination women in the entertainment industry face is well documented, probably more so than a white, gay lawyer living in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC.
Are you part of the LGBTQIA+ community? Are you thinking about rushing? I was once in your shoes, and even did rush. Well, here’s something to think about: the Greek Life community is not exactly “welcoming” to us. In fact, we’re not even meant to be in this space as it is made by and for straight cis people. I am not saying do not rush, as I love the friends I have made and the community I have carved for myself in this institution. It is just also necessary to think it through, and to be aware of some things going on that might make you feel less than comfortable.