One of the things you should be doing if you’re LGBT, is find a safe place on campus where you know you can go and feel accepted. Find a place where there are others like you that can relate to you on a level that others can’t and give you a sense of security and safety. I don’t mean physically, I mean emotionally. A place you know you are welcomed. Make it a place that follows the theme to that older hit show Cheers, and find a place “where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came.” Having a place like to go to for support is one of the things you should put on your list to do. Thing is, you have to meet people. You’ll find out by word of mouth or flyers and other media that there are people there like you too. You just have to find out where and make yourself known in those places.
You should have a place where you can walk and people look to greet you with smiles and they know your name, or want to get to know your name. A place where you can get to know people and learn that they are just like you. What is what you are exactly? A student. That’s what you are and that’s what they are. It could be a certain time in a computer lab where people meet and greet and learn of new sites and locations. A place to gather and hang out or do homework with other people who live the LGBT lifestyle and work together.
Such as you see someone at a computer looking at an odd website that piques your curiosity like http://www.plumbing-specialists.com. Now what on earth does a plumbing specialist site have to do with LGBT lifestyles on campus? Nothing except someone wants to use it as a site to learn how to do coding for. You’re in your safe place remember? Seeing that can be an opportunity to get to learn someone new. For instance you find out that their father is a plumber and worked to put you to school here so you’re doing your term paper on plumbing specialists in a high tech world. Then you share with them that you are attending school there for computer science and can help them with coding information and computer related information if they’d like. Just by a brief conversation you’ve made a potential new friend. A new acquaintance.
So ask around, look around, and listen. Pretty soon you’ll find a place where everybody knows your name. A place you feel safe in that you’re surrounded by friends you’ve made that are open to you or even living a LGBT lifestyle themselves. Sooner more than later you will have found your safe place, your little niche that you can go to and know that you have a place. Don’t go through school feeling alone, or don’t just think friends are going to drop out of the sky and wind up right next to you. Search them out and find your safe place. You’ll be glad you did.