SO LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT MY FRIEND ROBERT, ONE OF THE MOST BADASS MOTHERFUCKERS I KNOW, AND WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN ME IN HELPING TO SEND HIM ON ALTERNATIVE BREAKS.
LOOK AT THIS FINE PIECE OF ACTIVIST ASS.
I first met him last year at Voices of Discovery, a program through Diversity Advocacy at our university, and I was like, INSTANTLY obsessed with him.
“WHO’S THIS PRIVILEGE-CHECKING ASPIRING SOCIAL WORKER WITH PLANS TO CHANGE THE WORLD?” I would scream to myself in an intense internal monologue every day (until I got his tumblr url).
IT’S MOTHERFUCKIN’ ROBERT.
Not only is he constantly helping to smash the patriarchy and fight systemic racism (this dude drives the White Collection Bus 24/7. Check out his clean driving record.), but he’s making SERIOUS WAVES as an activist for the queer community. He just finished putting together the bid proposal to host MBLGTACC 2015.
WHAT THE FUCK ARE ALL THOSE LETTERS?!
The Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference is the largest LGBTA college conference in the nation. And Robert put in almost a YEAR of research, communication and commitment to make this bid possible. All while putting in massive efforts to improve our PRIDE group on campus, being a Resident Assistant, studying to be a social worker, and going to basically EVERY GODDAMN THING HOSTED BY DIVERSITY ADVOCACY.
I don’t know how he does it. I woke up this morning and didn’t get out of bed until, like, 12:10pm.
ALL RIGHT, WE GET IT, ROBERT IS THE SHIT. WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME?
Here’s what’s up. Robert’s trying to get enough money to be able to go on Alternative Winter Break/Alternative Spring Break, which are week-long/10-day volunteer trips to take commitment to social change and put it to use, doing AWESOME SHIT LIKE:
- Building homes for the homeless
- Helping people displaced by natural disasters
- Working with people with HIV/AIDS
- Tutoring young children
- AND OTHER AWESOME STUFF.
Robert is seriously one of my biggest inspirations, and I know he’s gonna like punch me in the heart for saying this publicly, but it’s true. His passion for helping people, especially at-risk LGBTQ youths, is at the core of his existence, and he’s a natural-born leader.
He’s one of those people that just makes you want to be a better person just by knowing him. AND he wants to give up his breaks to help other people instead of sleeping for a week straight, which I think is pretty awesome.
ALSO SCROLL BACK UP AND TELL ME YOU DON’T WANT A PIECE OF THAT. I KNOW I DO. I DON’T EVEN THINK I’M READY FOR THAT JELLY. DON’T MIND ME, I’M ONLY A LITTLE OBSESSED.
What you can do to help is donate to his AWB/ASB fund here, or reblog this post. It’d mean a hell of a lot to me, and I know it’d mean a lot to him.
Plus, he promised that “at the end of all of my trips, I’ll post a photo album and give y’all a shout out!”
ALSO CHECK OUT THIS BITSTRIP OF US LAUGHING AT PEOPLE COMPLAINING ABOUT REVERSE RACISM. DEM EYES.
So yeah. Whether it’s a penny or $100, absolutely anything to help one of my best friends go on these trips to keep doing the kind of work that he loves would mean a lot to me, and even if you can’t spare anything, signal boosting this would be pretty bitchin’ too.
Thanks guys. <3