By Ethan Jiang Last week, a confirmation hearing for one of the Biden Administration’s lesser-known nominees erupted into fireworks. In the widely publicized incident, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) aggressively questioned Dr. Rachel Levine, a Biden pick for the Department of Health and Human Services, about the impact of hormone blockers, gender-affirming hormones, and “genital mutilation”… Continue reading Who is Rachel Levine, Groundbreaking Health Official?
By Ishika Bhatia via Immigain Ever since my freshman year, I’ve gone to Kona Roastery to study or work on projects. The environment is so stimulating and the staff is so sweet and welcoming. Their coffee is even made from coffee beans that are grown in their very own shop! Talking to the manager, Kaitlyn,… Continue reading Support Local and Minority-Run Businesses
By Sofia Pham As 2020 draws to a close, it doesn’t take much scrutiny to realize the toll this year has taken on the LGBTQ community. From the effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic to the loss of Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in September, activists and communities across the world became eager for… Continue reading 2020: Milestones for the LGBTQ community this year
By Sandhya Maddali India has a very rich and long history beginning with ancient societies like the Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro. Not much is known about early views on homosexuality and the LGBTQ+ community in these civilizations, but with the emergence of the Vedic age came ancient Hindu texts which contained references to homosexuality and the… Continue reading A History of the LGBTQ Community in India
By Ethan Jiang On June 26, 2015, the White House was illuminated in rainbow hues, with the familiar eggshell facade transformed into a shining beacon. The move, a celebration of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that effectively legalized gay marriage, became a symbol for the Obama Administration’s acceptance of and advocacy… Continue reading An Ally in the White House?
By Aarushi Pant Recently, the sharing of pronouns on social media platforms, virtual meetings, and other online events has become more mainstream and normalized, and rightfully so. However, if you’re new to this practice, you’re not alone, and it can be confusing at first. Gender identity in general can be complex and it’s a difficult… Continue reading A Guide to Respecting Pronouns and Gender Identity
By Sofia Pham Troubled Blood - it’s been in headlines since its release on Sep. 15, although the attention has been anything but positive. JK Rowling’s new novel is the fifth installment of the Cormoran Strike series published under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Recently it’s triggered an onslaught of criticism from both fans and activists… Continue reading What JK Rowling’s New Book Means for the Transgender Community
By Sandhya Maddali Though one may not align fully with all of a candidate’s platforms, it is still important to educate ourselves on their stances on a variety of issues. The issue of LGBTQ+ rights in particular seems to be quite polarizing, and the best way to get a real gauge of a candidate's views… Continue reading 2020 Presidential Views on LGBTQ Rights
By Aarushi Pant Looking at the history of social justice movements in the United States makes it clear that most movements that were considered radical during their times tended to still focus only on the needs of white people or men, while excluding women or those of color, in their goals and efforts. For instance,… Continue reading Social Justice, Intersectionality and the LGBTQ Movement
By Ethan Jiang In recent months, countries across the world have taken a stand against gay conversion therapy. Leading the charge are Israel and Germany, which have both passed legislation to criminalize the practice. For Israel, a leader in LGBTQ acceptance in the Middle East, the move comes on the heels of remarks made last… Continue reading Global Tide Turns Against Conversion Therapy, US Lags Behind