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
Author: Aarushi Pant
Why LGBTQ rights still have a long way to go
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
LGBTQ representation in mainstream Indian media
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
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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!
Allen Young and the Gay Rights Movement
By For years, the LGBTQ+ community has lacked and still lacks the representation given to other groups – but author and journalist Allen Young sought to change that. In an interview with The Advocate, Young discusses his memoir “Left, Gay, and Green.” Young reveals that he came out as gay as a teenager and “lamented… Continue reading Allen Young and the Gay Rights Movement
LGBTQ censorship marches “Onward”
By Ethan Jiang Pixar’s “Onward,” a charming film about a pair of adventurous elves, recently topped the box office for the second weekend in a row. However, its first-place finish is somewhat deceiving; ticket sales plummeted that week because of coronavirus fears. Just as one statistic fails to paint a full picture, the whole story… Continue reading LGBTQ censorship marches “Onward”
The Making of the Pride Flag
By Sofia Pham June 25, 1978. San Francisco. A then 27-year-old Gilbert Baker was stationed in the attic of the San Francisco Gay Community Center, soaking eight fabric strips in trash cans filled with vibrant dye. Hot pink for sex. Red for life. Orange for healing. Yellow for the sun. Green for nature. Turquoise for… Continue reading The Making of the Pride Flag
Valkyrie: The First LGBTQ Character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
By Naomi Canny Through the years Marvel Comics has created a diverse array of characters that range in powers and backgrounds. Despite the media’s strictly heterosexual portrayal of the Marvel characters, many LGBTQ+ characters were introduced in the comics. The first openly gay Marvel character was Northstar from the X-Men series, who was first introduced… Continue reading Valkyrie: The First LGBTQ Character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
The real difference between bisexuality and pansexuality
By Grace Marra There is a substantial amount of discourse within the LGBT community and just as much confusion among allies concerning what distinguishes bisexuality from pansexuality. A common explanation is based on the literal definitions of the prefixes: bisexuality is attraction to two genders, and pansexuality is attraction to all genders. This definition, however,… Continue reading The real difference between bisexuality and pansexuality
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