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Monday, November 29, 2004

Alma Mater, Queen and Mother

I love the internet. Why? Because it has proved to me yet again that I am right to be guided by my faith and not by my fear, as the Unitarians say.

Growing up, I went to Catholic school, including Regina High School, an all-girls school in Harper Woods, Michigan, where I made friends with the nuns, won awards, and was voted "Most Likely to Become President." Then I came out as a lesbian in college, and suddenly, my Catholic high school, which was so proud of me when I was a student, and a graduate attending a private liberal arts college, ceased to print the updates I sent to the alumnae newsletter. Specifically they refused to print anything relating to my partner or to my work with gay groups like the R.U.1.2? Community Center.

A couple years ago, while helping to organize a reunion for my Catholic grade school, I found www.gradfinder.com. I posted an entry to the Regina High School bulletin board there entitled "Being Gay at RHS," in which I announced my civil union, and told interested classmates that the RHS administration refused to print an announcement in the alumnae newsletter.

Today I got yet another response to "Being Gay at RHS" post on the Regina High School bulletin board at gradfinder.com. The comment, left by an anonymous poster on my blog, reads: "I am a fellow RHS alum, I graduated with your sister, Karen in '95. I just want to say congrats on your union. I know it will be a cold day in H@ll before Regina would ever put that in the alumni newsletter, but I applaud you for having the guts to send it in to them anyways!"

It never ceases to amaze me when classmates from my Catholic high school write to tell me they support me. Last month, I got an email from a friend I haven't heard from in twelve years. She's married, has two sons, and teaches kindergarten in Warren. She's also a self-identified neo-conservative. And she wanted to congratulate me on my civil union. One woman who responded to my post on gradfinder wrote, "HEY...I'm a lesbian, too...he he he...I didn't think anyone was gay when I went to Regina."

So far there's been only one damning response to my coming out post, from someone I don't know who graduated Regina in 1983. "Homosexuality is a sin," she writes. "The day Regina accepts that lifestyle, is the day that the world is going to hell in a handbasket."

I think this is the minority opinion among RHS grads. Among recent ones, anyway. I firmly believe that there is support for glbt equality among Catholics, and to nurture that we should reach out to Catholics — and to all of our ideological opponants — rather than antagonize them.






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Hi Cathy!

The only reason I posted anonymously was because I didn't feel like registering for an ID. lol My name is Christina (used to be De Martin, now Barrett). It's unfortunate that RHS refuses to acknowledge the work you've done but what can one expect from a school that refused to let one of my classmates walk with us on graduation day because she was pregnant and showing? I loved Regina too, I value the education I got there and the wonderful friends and memories but I also can't stand narrowmindedness. I guess my political/social views tend to be fairly liberal for a Catholic. :)

Anyways, I remember you from school...being very active in student leadership, etc. I think you even did announcements in the morning, didn't you? It sounds like you've put those skills to good use since your days at RHS.

On a side note, I actually went to Regina last year to go to the Powderpuff Rally (for my little brother's girlfriend). The place was as if time had stood still! They still did the same cheesy skits and routines, same old chants...and Nick is still there! Not much had changed, aside from a few updates to the uniforms (same plaids though). I even got to see Mrs. Robertson and Mrs. Gay, so that was fun!

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