Thursday, February 25, 2016

Safe Spaces

Safe Spaces
Gerri August

Gerri August expresses his feelings about Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender (LBGT) people and how they need to be accepted in school environments and also in the every day world.  August believes that people should be able to express themselves however they feel especially in schools. August states that school environments should be a safe place for students.  But, "the reality, of course, is much more complicated.  The walls are permeable:  students (and teachers) bring their personal experiences into the classroom and carry their classroom experiences with them when they leave" (83). 

Female transgender student suspended for using women’s bathroom 

"Central Piedmont Community College officials say they suspended Andraya Williams, 22, for not handing security officers her student identification and said she couldn't come back unless she used a gender-neutral bathroom." 

Andraya Williams was stopped by campus police when asked for her identification card.  The officer asked Andraya, while laughing, if she was a woman or man.   The officer called six backup officers to check the identification card.  Andraya claimed that she felt discriminated.  The next day she met with Mark Helms, the college Dean of Student Life who told her that she was suspended for not handing over the identification card to the officers when asked.  Williams tells WBTV-TV, "I'm not comfortable on that campus.  I don't feel like I'm safe from staff because nothing has been done about the situation." 
August claims in his article that all LGBT people should be accepted in and on school grounds.  It was clearly wrong that Williams was discriminated for being who she believes she is.  Nobody should be confronted by officials for being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.  

 August points out the risks of making fun of or discriminating a person who is gay, lesbian, transgender, or bisexual.  August puts in his Introduction: "Aiyisha Hassan, Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, Raymond Chase, and Tyler Clementi are just a few of the LGBT youth who committed suicide in 2010... Youth who struggle with lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender identities, or who are bullied for the mere perception of being different, often feel as if they have nowhere to turn.  Death should never be an option."  Being LGBT should never have to commit suicide.

Risk Factors

(A website for helping students in classrooms and in school areas overcome the aspect of Bullying for LGBT students.)

Points to Share:
How can we help students overcome bullying?  This area is very close to my heart being three of my friends are LGBT, and it saddens me the things I hear people say to them/about them.  At first I didn't know who to react because I didn't want to be made fun of either.  But, after one year of gaining my confidence, I stuck up for them because they were to afraid to do it themselves.  

This reading relates to SCWAAMP and mostly all of the reading because of the power of culture and and the acceptance of societal normalities. 


  1. Hi Kamryn !

    Thank you for sharing your personal story at the end. I remember it being tough for anyone who was 'gay' when I was growing up (that's what they called it and not very nicely) I thought maybe things had gotten better. It saddens me to hear things like that.

  2. Wow, you are very confident and a great friend for sticking up for your friends. There are many risk factors for someone who is LGBT. Committing suicide should never be an option to escape. You probably helped your friends more than you think by standing up for them when they couldn't.

  3. I really enjoyed this post because a lot of what you mentioned, I touched base with as well in my blog. It is true that being LGBT should not have to mean suicide as mentioned in the quotes, about a few names of the people who committed suicide in 2010. I also agree with saying the making fun or discriminating against LGBT does nothing for you or the person being made of, it is just cruel and disrespectful. The hyperlinks were very interesting and helpful and the picture was very relatable to your post.

  4. Kamryn, I really enjoyed reading through your post and ended up using it as a basis for mine. I agree with your connection to SWAAMP and also liked how you included the story about the transgender college student and connected to LGBT topic personally at the end.