As former Stanford basketball star Jason Collins ’01’s announcement that he is gay continues to reverberate around the nation, Stanford community members reacted with surprise and pride to the news that the first openly gay active male athlete in a major U.S. professional sport was a Stanford graduate.
The Weiland Health Initiative, an interdisciplinary program chartered to promote health and wellness across the spectrum of gender identities and sexual orientations, began its second official year with plans for new programming.
Kyle is a recent graduate of Stanford. He identifies as male and as either gay or queer. Michael is a senior who grew up in the South and identifies as gender-fluid and gay. John is a senior from the New York metropolitan area who identifies as gender-queer and asexual. All three students are African American. They agreed to speak to The Daily if their names were changed for privacy purposes.
Maybe the Christian God is less concerned with etching the line between right and wrong in order to distribute points, and more concerned with rescuing people of all sexual orientations and identities through grace and for goodness.
Given how political the conversation has become in the last couple years, it’s easy for those disconnected from the LGBT community to drown in the stats and figures and forget how truly personal and individual the difficulties are.