In the fall of 2015, Dr. Julia Ehrhardt, featured in last month’s issue of FORUM, moderated an Honors College reading group which came to be known affectionately by some of its members as “Gay Book Club.” It began with Redefining Realness, a memoir by Janet Mock, who told the story of her growing up, coming of … [Read more…]
When I enrolled at OU, I identified as a heterosexual man. Or rather I would have, had I ever thought about it. Gender identity had never been a concern for me, as since childhood I had been raised in a conservative society by conservative parents who expected me to be a typical male, and I … [Read more…]
I drew Pure a few days after I publicly came out, and I was depressed and exhausted. I kept being told that queer people were sexual deviants, disturbed, sinners, evil, etc. After getting into (yet another) fight with my mom, I called my friend and ranted about everything. I stayed up all night with them, … [Read more…]
They mock our safe spaces Say that we’re whiny weak whippersnappers who are part of the pathetically pitiful participation trophy generation Yet They are afraid of our very existence Me taking a breath as a queer gender non-conforming woman who gives no fucks about their social norms And doesn’t want to participate nicely in their … [Read more…]
This piece represents the fluidity of my sexuality. In our ever-changing world, I believe that society must become aware and more accepting that there are not always easy or exact answers to questions. Katie Murray is an OU student who aspires to be a middle school teacher. She enjoys painting, spending time with her family, discovering new art, riding her bike, and making playlists on Spotify.
In Binary Figments, I explore aspects of performative gender theory, sexuality, historical ecofeminism, and the concept of gender and sexuality as a spectrum. I was originally inspired to create this piece when I realized that I was subconsciously doodling gender theory. Other inspirations include the works of Judith Butler and Simone de Beauvoir, the religious use of entheogens … [Read more…]
As a trans woman of color, I admire the ways that OU has worked to accommodate all students. The Gender and Equality Center (which leads events such as the Queer Tour and provides resources for LGBTQ+ students), the Queer Student Association, and the LGBTQ+ Lounge all help LGBTQ+ students find their community on campus. The … [Read more…]
I don’t know what to do in this environment I’m full of love but it feels like I’ve lost it Who are my friends? Why am I here? I know what my purpose is, but the pathway’s not clear. Everyday I go to school sit through Chemistry but my mind worries about people sitting through … [Read more…]