October 26, 2010
Notes From A Far-Flung Correspondent
Welcome to Notes from a Far-Flung Correspondent, which features the weekly interests and musings of Bossy’s Son, who is currently enjoying his junior year at Columbia University in the City of New York.
This week: Columbia Gets Its Gay Pride On.
There are a lot of reasons to love Columbia University. It’s a great school in an amazing city, for one. Plus, it walks a thin line between challenging and fun. But most crucially, it’s a school largely of open-mindedness and mutual acceptance irrespective of differences, and Columbia likes to demonstrate this welcoming atmosphere in big ways.
Pictured above is the exterior of Columbia’s iconic Low Library, where bunches of balloons were strung in an interconnecting rainbow. On display all of this past week, this gateway imagery was a memorial to the recent teen suicides due to homophobic harassment —and Columbia students organized expressions of solidarity.
There’s still ugliness everywhere, but it’s great to be part of an institution that aspires to be part of the solution, not the problem.