Originally published via National Coalition Against Censorship. By Cameron Samuels When Jerry Craft’s New Kid was banned from school libraries in Katy, Texas earlier this year for “pervasively vulgar” content, I defended his book and advocated against this inexplicable censorship. After that, school board meetings in Texas only intensified. After months of persistent demands for intellectual freedom being outnumbered… Continue reading Texas Students Distribute BIPOC and LGBTQ+ Books During ‘FReadom Week’ Initiative: Student Perspective
Main image courtesy of United Food and Commercial Workers Union. By Aarushi Pant Today is March 31, 2022, which is Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV). For many people who aren’t part of the LGBTQ community, and even for some who are, TDoV isn’t something that they’re familiar with. However, with increasing violence against LGBTQ folks,… Continue reading Making Transgender Day of Visibility Meaningful
Main image courtesy of Vanity Fair. By Aarushi Pant The belief that gender is a strict male-female binary is a commonly-held one, but recently, people have been pushing back at the “traditional” concept of the gender, and even sex, binaries. The idea that gender is a spectrum, rather than a binary, has been around since… Continue reading The False Idea of the Gender Binary
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