Erika Brewington’s Blog

An Advocate Speaks Out

In my journalism class, we were asked to interview someone that has opposite political, religious and cultural views than we do. I chose to interview Jeffrey Thorpe. As the president of the Gay Straight Alliance at Georgia Southern University, Jeffrey and I spoke about the feelings he has towards being an activist in the organization, and how he deals with the daily controversy.

Q: Why is this organization important to you?

A: I think that everyone should be as comfortable with their sexual orientation as I am. As president I can help people to be more comfortable with who they are; gay or straight.

Q: What is the biggest misconception you believe people have about the Gay Straight Alliance?

A: That it’s a recruitment organization. A lot of my straight friends won’t come because they think we’re going to try and turn them gay and that’s the completely wrong view. You don’t have to be gay to be a member, our purpose is to educate.

Q: Do you feel like it’s more difficult to fit in at Georgia Southern as opposed to other campuses that are more diverse?

A: Yes, because Statesboro is considered the Deep South. It’s definitely a Bible belt community and we fight the religious aspect all the time. Our gay community is growing, but I feel like other schools are exposed a lot more regularly to the gay community.

Q: What do you want other organiations on campus to know that do not agree with what your organization stands for?

A: That we want to provide a social outlet for students. We want to educate and be the voice for whoever needs us.

Q: What are your feelings and beliefs regarding the birth or choice controversy?

A: I think it depends on the individual and personal experiences they’ve had. Personally, I believe it’s from birth. No one chooses this alternative lifestyle.


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