Volume 93, Issue 83

Wednesday, March 8, 2000


OPINIONS

Don't be a square, be hip to the triangle

God as explained through Star Trek?

Don't be a square, be hip to the triangle



To the Editor:

To the people who keep ripping down the little rainbow triangle I post on my dorm door: This action clearly shows that you do not belong at this or any other university.

It is against the law to deface other people's property. When you deface a symbol of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered pride, this is against the law as well.

I do not rip down your posters of scantily dressed women. That is one of your modes of expressing who you are, where your interests lie, what you enjoy seeing. My little rainbow triangle is a mode of non-pointed, political expression. I support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people. You clearly do not.

Are you afraid that I am gay? Are you afraid that I am expressing a political opinion – that my free thought is too deviant for you to live with? Do you think that you can change the way I feel by ripping down my little rainbow triangle?

I put up the rainbow triangle because people here make jokes about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people. Look around you. If you consider statistics, one in 10 people around you are not heterosexual. You are not hurting me with your pettiness, but there is a good chance that you are hurting one of your friends, perhaps your best friend, with your negativity.

I wanted people to know that my room is a safe haven for them. I will keep letting them know that my room is a safe haven. Our universities are places to harbour freedom of expression, but they are not places to harbour attacks on my beliefs. You do not have to agree with the way I feel about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people. Perhaps I do not agree with the way you feel about women, scantily clad on your posters. However, I do not rip them down.

Do you feel that you belong at Western if you are acting this way? I don't. I would not want you to be my doctor, my librarian, my psychologist, my business consultant, or my teacher. How can you hope to succeed in this world if you are only willing to listen to and understand some of the people and hate the rest?

Understand that I do not think like you. I do not expect you to think like me. Conform and we cannot think at all. I will keep putting the little rainbow triangle on my door. Each time you rip it down, another one will go up in its place. Or, you could knock on my door and we could talk and learn a lot from each other. It's your choice.

Curtis W. L. Jones
Sociology I



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