An open letter to the Texas A&M Student Senate, signed ‘An Aggie No More’

A Texas A&M student holds up a sign during the “Hands Across Aggieland” Unity March on April 15. (From GLBT Aggies on Facebook)

Dear Senators:

I once thought that I was an Aggie. Next year will be my 5th year of study. I am a Presidential Endowed Scholar. I attended Fish Camp. I went to football games and yelled until my voice was dead and my ass was red. I joined a FLO. I started two organizations. I received the prestigious Buck Weirus Spirit Award for my contributions to this student body. I have made hundreds of friends, touched hundreds of Aggies’ lives and been touched by thousands more. Yes, I once thought that I was an Aggie.

On April 20th, 2011 the Student Senate made it clear that, in their eyes, I am an Aggie no more.

That day, the student senate told me that I was not worth as much as other Aggies. You told me that breaking the Aggie Honor Code and lying to my fellow students was preferable to you deciding to respect me for who I am. On that night, S.B. 63-106, otherwise known as the “Sexual Education Equality in Funding Bill” in support of Representative Wayne Christian’s amendment to HB 1 passed. And with its passage, the Student Senate made its position clear: that because I am gay, I am not truly an Aggie.

Now you may be saying to yourself that I’m being overly dramatic, that that was not your intention in passing that bill, or something else along those lines. Some of you may have stopped reading this letter as soon as you saw the words “I am gay”. I would expect nothing less from the 17th least friendly campus for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) students in the country (according to the Princeton review). If you’re still reading, then allow me to explain why I don’t at all feel like I am being melodramatic and state my reasons for concluding that the Student Senate no longer views me as an Aggie:

—  admin

Dixie Chicks spinoff bases song 'Ain't No Son' on coming out stories

Sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire of Dallas’ own Dixie Chicks are hard at work on their side project, the Court Yard Hounds. They debuted lived at SXSW and their first CD is set to drop May 4. Today, the Advocate linked to CMT’s interview with Robison in which they discussed the song, “Ain’t No Son.” In it, she mentions the inspiration for the song came from television.

This song’s bluegrassy intro is from the point of view of a disenfranchised young man. The rest of the song, as it shifts into rocker mode, describes the narrow viewpoint of his angry father. The lyrics aren’t specific about the exact points of family contention, but Robison had a story in mind.

‘I turned the TV on, and it was A&E or one of those documentary kind of shows about these poor teenage kids who are devastated that their parents won’t let ‘em stay in the house because they found out they were gay,” she explains. The lines, ‘You ain’t no son to me/Eight pound baby boy I bounced on my knee‘ were around from the very beginning. That idea, how can you have kids and love them so much and one day decide not to — it just boggled my mind.’

Take a listen here.

Robison assures the Dixie Chicks haven’t broken up. The Court Yard Hounds is the sisters’ project while singer Natalie Maines is biding her time before recording again (speculative translation: going solo?). However, the trio joins The Eagles for a summer tour this year, but not stopping in Dallas. Grrr.

—  Rich Lopez