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"Love
is patient
is kind
does not envy or boast
is not arrogant or rude
does not insist on its own way
is not irritable or resentful
does not rejoice at wrongdoing
rejoices with the truth
bares all things
believes all things hopes all things
endures all things
NEVER DIES”

Saw this little gem at the Library today.

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“It has turned the knees of All-Americans to goo. It has caused coaches to lose their coaching minds. Dark. That combined with Tiger Stadium on a Saturday night is something loud, strange and holy. There is noise in stadiums everywhere from Eugene to Tuscaloosa. Only in Baton Rouge is there a living, breathing being lurking in its grand, old stadium.”

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Hands Up, Walk Out at LSU.

After gathering in a circle several people shared messages of support, then some participants staged a die-in in the middle of the quad. I stood in silent support and was able to get a few pictures.

LSU is notoriously apathetic (unless you’re talking about football or a coffee shop possibly closing), so this crowd was remarkable. Students, faculty and staff all participated. The police hung back, trying to be discreet.

I only knew a few people there, but those were the bodies of my friends and my coworkers lying there. It could just as easily have been them actually lying dead in the streets. That’s the reality of what’s going on here. It’s not just street theater. It’s life.

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Happy LBGTQ Spirit Day! Spectrum, along with our friends at Capital City Alliance are celebrating Spirit Day 2014 by geauxing purple!

Spirit Day began in 2010 as a way to show support for LGBT youth and take a stand against bullying. Following a string of high-profile suicide deaths of gay teens, GLAAD worked to involve millions of teachers, workplaces, celebrities, media outlets and students in going purple on social media or wearing purple, a color that symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag. Spirit Day now occurs every year on the third Thursday in October, during National Bullying Prevention Month, and has become the most visible day of support for LGBT youth.

LGBT Bullying facts:

In Louisiana:

  • 8 in 10 have experienced verbal harassment based on their sexual orientation
  • Nearly 7 in 10 have have experienced harassment based on gender expression
  • Nearly 5 in 10 have been physically harassed based on their sexual orientation
  • 1 in 10 has been physically assaulted based on gender expression 

Nationally:

  • 9 out of 10 students experienced harassment at school because of their sexual orientation
  • 8 of 10 students have been verbally harassed at school
  • 6 of 10 have felt unsafe at school
  • 2 of 10 have been the victim of a physical assault at school
  • 8 of 10 transgender students feel unsafe at school because of their gender expression