By Catherine Basil Computer science, mathematical biology, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence as we know them today would not exist without the great contributions of renowned mathematician and scientist Alan Turing, who was also a member of the LGBTQ community. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Turing took an interest in math and science… Continue reading Alan Turing: How a Gay Man Revolutionized Technology
By Talia Porter Looking back at your childhood, what are some of your earliest memories? Are they playing with pink or blue toys? What about dressing in flowers or car patterns? Were you described as daddy or mommy’s princess or were you their rascal? Our first memories often have an impact on us and can… Continue reading A Step Towards Abolishing Gender Reveal Parties
By Sandhya Maddali In the midst of Pride Month and on the fourth anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting, the US Department of Health and Human Services enacted a change to Section 1557, effectively removing protections for trans and gender non-conforming people. Section 1557 is a portion of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 that… Continue reading Trump Administration Ruling Allows for Transgender and Non-binary Discrimination in Healthcare
By Sofia Pham In a landmark decision Monday morning, the Supreme Court voted 6-3 to ban LGBTQ employment discrimination. The decision specifically addressed the cases of two gay men and one transgender woman who had sued their employers on the basis of discrimination after being fired. Bostock v. Clayton County involved the termination of George… Continue reading Supreme Court outlaws discrimination against LGBTQ workers
By Aarushi Pant Every year, June is a celebrated month for the LGBTQ community worldwide, but this year, it comes at a time of unrest and uncertainty. While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage many parts of the globe, the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis has incited… Continue reading Honoring the Colorful History of Pride
By Ethan Jiang In 1998, a Costa Rican Pride parade in the capital of San José was canceled after the president at the time, Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, refused to grant a permit for the event. 21 years later, President Carlos Alvarado Quesada became the first Costa Rican President to march at the annual gay pride… Continue reading Costa Rica carves a new path
By Lillian Spiller Since the legalization of gay marriage in the United States during the summer of 2015, there has been an increasingly prevalent belief that rights for the LGBTQ community have been realized. However, rights for the community still have a long way to go. Homosexuality, for instance, is still punishable by death in… Continue reading Why LGBTQ rights still have a long way to go
By Amber Kaul Although the Indian Supreme Court finally ruled in favor of decriminalizing homosexuality in 2018, LGBTQ+ topics remain controversial in Indian popular culture. Specifically, Bollywood has a long history of ridiculing LGBTQ characters, usually gay men or hijras. In recent years, however, the portrayal of LGBTQ relationships and issues has improved in Indian… Continue reading LGBTQ representation in mainstream Indian media
spectrum's first newsletter highlights our articles from this month and announces the opening of writer applications! Click the link below to view it and to subscribe for future updates. Let's raise awareness of LGBTQ issues and fight for social justice and equality! April 2020: https://mailchi.mp/48111e707a39/spectrum-monthly-lgbtq-newsletter May 2020: https://mailchi.mp/afb18e7a0ab0/spectrum-monthly-lgbtq-newsletter-606936 June 2020: https://mailchi.mp/d9edc2b1ccdf/spectrum-monthly-lgbtq-newsletter July 2020: https://mailchi.mp/6c858116e356/spectrum-monthly-lgbtq-newsletter-653892 August… Continue reading Our first monthly informational newsletter!
spectrum writer applications are open now until June 5! Applications are open to anyone and everyone who has a passion for writing, social justice, and advocacy! Writers are only responsible for publishing one article every two months. Leadership positions will be available, and this is an incredible opportunity to develop communication skills, learn more about… Continue reading spectrum writer applications are now open!