Carthage College Equality Project

It's not about Gay or Straight, It's about Equal Rights

Carthage College Allies works to create the safest environment on campus. If this safe-zone isn't created, then they'll hear from us!

On this page you will find materials specific to LGBTQ and Ally resources such as:

Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network
Human Rights Campaign
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation

To get our information, we often like to refer to the University of Southern California's LGBT Resource Center

What does it mean to be an Ally?

Simply put, an Ally is one who - regardless of nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, language, or any other status - treat all individuals equally without discrimination.

How can I be an Ally?

To be an Ally, you must do these simple things:

Educate not only yourself, but others!

Speak up against unfair treatment of individuals.

Be willing to have an open ear, and an open mind.

Be willing to express concerns and questions.

If you find jokes, comments, remarks to be discriminatory, express that.

Be inclusive and friendly.

Make Safe-Z0nes!

What does it mean to be LGBTQ?

First, let's decipher this acronym.

L - Lesbian - Term used to describe female-identified people attracted romantically,erotically, and/or emotionally to other female-identified people.

G - Gay
- Term used in some cultural settings to represent males who are attracted to males in a romantic, erotic and/or emotional sense.

B - Bisexual
- A person emotionally, physically, and/or sexually attracted tomales/men and females/women.

T - Transgender - A person who lives as a member of a gender other than thatexpected based on anatomical sex.

Q - Questioning/Queer - An umbrella term which embraces a matrix of sexual preferences, orientations, and habits of the not-exclusively- heterosexual-and-monogamous majority. Queer includes lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transpeople, intersex persons, the radical sex communities, and many other  sexually transgressive (underworld) explorers.

There are other terms such as

Pansexuality -  A person who is sexually attracted to all or many gender

Asexuality - Person who is not sexually attracted to anyone or does not have a
sexual orientation.

(Information Sourced from University of Southern California's LGBT Resource Center

That's not what I meant! I mean, the lifestyle!

Ah, sorry! Well, generally speaking, being LGBTQ can be more challenging than being Straight facing difficulties such as being prone to bullying, violence, suicide, and homelessness!

It is generally speculated that the Health among the LGBTQ community is rated rather lower because LGBTQ are speculated to be more prone to more sexual infections and diseases. While the health among LGBTQ is generally no different than their straight counterparts, rumors exist to try and prove such speculations. 

LGBTQ and Ally members face more discrimination than straight non-allies. This makes it rather difficult for LGBTQ and even their Straight Allies to come out.

No Homophobes demonstrates the amount of discrimination against the LGBTQ community using a continuous study on Twitter.

As we approach a more inclusive environment toward LGBTQ and Allies, it may be safe to say that the lifestyle of LGBTQ people heavily differs from environment to environment.  

As far as it comes to legality and how the government sees LGBTQ - it differs greatly from state to state.

Some states are in favor of LGBTQ people.

Some are indifferent.

Others are not in favor of LGBTQ people.

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