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Via Matt Adler
On Apr. 12, 2006, at 1:17 AM, Matt Adler wrote:

Hey y'all! So I'm basically e-mailing you guys to see if you would be interested in forming a sort of RM gay alumni group. I have been thinking ever since I graduated (and subsequently came out) that there is a lot of work to be done at RM to make it a safe and comfortable place for GLBT students. I think one important step in this process is to organize RM grads to get active in initiatives to improve the situation at our former high school. Whether we were out or closeted or in denial or all of the above at different times, we all know what it was like to go through high school facing degrees of invisibility, harassment, and discrimination. In addition to brainstorming our own initiatives (one idea I had was to institute a voluntary "Safe Zones" training program for sympathetic teachers), we can probably serve as valuable mentors for gay students currently at RM facing similar challenges. If nothing else, for some students it'd probably be nice to know that there's a light at the end of the tunnel and give them advice on GLBT life in college. In any case, I gotta split, but I hope this is something you guys are interested in. I'd like this network to be what we as a group want, not just what I envision, so please pass this message on to other GLBT grads and certainly give me the contact info of anyone else you think might be interested. I should be home from school around May 10th- anyone up for meeting for coffee around then? Thanks for taking the time to read this and please don't hesitate to contact me.

With love and Phallic (I mean ummm Rocket) Pride,
Matt Adler

That was interesting. But yeah, if anyone wants his e-mail / contact info, throw something at my e-mail address.

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superboner From: superboner Date: April 12th, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
that WAS interesting. i wish i was still able to be in the area...
maybe i should email him anyway and say "hey, i can talk to people on phone or IM..."

though i'm not so good for the "light at the end of the tunnel" in light of the recent hate incidents on campus. but then, that's why we're sending out so many press releases and trying to get the issue out in the open...
ibneko From: ibneko Date: April 12th, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mmm, yeah, you should.

Mrf, just read your journal. 'Luck with that. Worst comes to worst, you could always start putting up rainbow flyers......
barefootsailor From: barefootsailor Date: April 12th, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I woke up to that e-mail this morning and it made me happier than I've been in a long time.
ibneko From: ibneko Date: April 13th, 2006 05:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay!happier~ Now if Matt would send out more e-mails... or at least respond to some of the things I've sent him...
10101 From: 10101 Date: April 12th, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
huh i wonder why i didn't get one
ibneko From: ibneko Date: April 12th, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
:: shrugs:: dunno.. go poke him with a pointy stick. Need his contact info? I left out his cellphone and AIM SN that he had originally included at the bottom of his e-mail...

(Actually, I was somewhat surprised that I got one... we were good friends in middle school, but we kinda drifted apart by sophomore year...)
littpiski From: littpiski Date: April 13th, 2006 01:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey, could you give me his email, or email my info to him?
ibneko From: ibneko Date: April 13th, 2006 02:53 am (UTC) (Link)
melayneseahawk From: melayneseahawk Date: April 13th, 2006 02:48 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd love to help, but I'm not exactly a success story. If you think he'll want my help anyway (esp. since I'm uber local for the rest of the school year), drop me a line with his info.
ibneko From: ibneko Date: April 13th, 2006 02:59 am (UTC) (Link)
melayneseahawk From: melayneseahawk Date: April 13th, 2006 03:13 am (UTC) (Link)
marbenais From: marbenais Date: April 13th, 2006 04:14 am (UTC) (Link)
This is going to sound bitter, because it is.

Where was all of this support and willingness to help when I was the president of TaFu?  Where was the companionship while I got the official recognition as the school's gay-straight alliance?

I'm pleased that there's something now, but . . . I really would have liked it when we were there.
ibneko From: ibneko Date: April 13th, 2006 04:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry, Lady.
marbenais From: marbenais Date: April 13th, 2006 04:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Mrf.  It's not at you.  I was frustrated by the silence of other people so much at RM -- when I was harassed by students, yelled at by teachers, and constantly on edge.  I don't want to go back to that environment.
ibneko From: ibneko Date: April 13th, 2006 05:00 am (UTC) (Link)
:: hugs:: be glad you're not here. >.> Even though there's the existence of various groups here, they don't really do anything and it's even worse here.
marbenais From: marbenais Date: April 13th, 2006 05:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Maybe it's because I'm in the theatre department, but my general impression at MC is that it doesn't matter.
ibneko From: ibneko Date: April 13th, 2006 04:26 am (UTC) (Link)
..mrr, well, most people who've commented, with the exception of melayneseahawk and maybe superboner, were involved, or at least occasionally were at meetings, weren't they? And Matt hadn't come out before graduation, so.. :: shrugs:: I did see him speaking to the club the past winter break, when I wandered back to RM to say hi to the anime club and Mrs. Wong.

:: hugs her:: you should go poke Matt and erm, get recognition or something. XD ..dunno.. Or go back and see the club.
marbenais From: marbenais Date: April 13th, 2006 04:48 am (UTC) (Link)
No, they weren't at meetings, really, significantly.  (I know you came to some, and I appreciated that a lot.)  And maybe that's because I didn't expend enough effort, but two and a half years of being out in high school was enough to make me disillusioned about support.

I haven't been back to RM except for the concerts and talking with Mr. Frezzo and Mr. Rodney, so, yeah.  I don't have a great desire to spend any more time there.
ibneko From: ibneko Date: April 13th, 2006 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh. :: shakes his ears:: nay, I didn't make it to that many.. XP if only your meeting times hadn't conflicted with the anime club...

Mrr, I think you're much more cynical about everything now and days...
marbenais From: marbenais Date: April 13th, 2006 05:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Nowadays!  *shrug*  Not really.
ibneko From: ibneko Date: April 13th, 2006 05:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Nowadays o.O Woah.. it's not marked as a typo. Mmm. :: makes a note to give her hugs next time he sees her::
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