Some people are proud of our society for its new accommodation of those with unconventional sexual identities. Others are angry, afraid, hostile, and bitterly resistant to this change in social mores. Thomas Lloyd has been in the forefront of this movement for many years. Listen to his talk to see what he has to say as an openly gay man at a Catholic University.
Why you should listen
This talk was given at a local TEDx even.. In this powerful talk, Thomas Lloyd talks about taking pride in owning his identity and the strength that stems from that ownership. He talks with admiration about a movement that learnt that changing a community is much easier and much less damaging than changing one’s own identity. In his journey he has learnt to walk in solidarity with not only those he identifies with but also other marginalized groups in society.
Thomas Lloyd is a Senior in the SFS majoring in STIA: Science, Technology & International Affairs. For the last two years he has served as the President of GUPride, Georgetown’s LGBTQ Student group, one of the only such groups at a Catholic school in the country. As the group’s president, Thomas helped raise the profile of GUPride and its catholic-campus LGBTQ work to a national level, while refocusing the mission of the group on to questions of intersectionality. Thomas has also been an RA at Georgetown for two years, written a regular column for The Hoya, and coached debate for The Bronx High School of Science for four years (his alma matter).
Who is he
Graduating Senior in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Background in research and communications in a number of contexts. Passion for organizing. Interested in media, politics, change-making, and the intersection of all three.
Student – Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
1. Even as an elementary school student Lloyd was asked, “Why are you so Gay?” What did he answer at that time?
2. He says that people ask this from two positions – a kind of disgust, and a loving concern. What three elements does he cite to help clarify and define his answer?
3. When he was young he got made fun of a lot: his walk, his gestures, and his voice. Have you ever been made fun of based on a personal characteristic? Have you ever done the mocking?
4. Learning to own his own identity for himself, and not to “cover” who he is allowed him to be happy. Have you ever felt you didn’t quite fit in your own skin for some reason?
5. He says that it is easier to change a community, change a society, than it is to change your own identity. As a student of psychology do you agree?
6. When he was in the University choice process, Georgetown was the best fit – except for its history of on campus gay bashing. What did Lloyd decide to do? (two steps)