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”
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
By Sofia Pham January 1 - Same-sex marriage legalized in Austria. January 25 - New York becomes the 15th state to ban the use of conversion therapy on minos following a bill signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. February 1 - New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signs legislation requiring public schools to include contributions by LGBT… Continue reading 2019: Milestones for the LGBTQ community this year
By Sandhya Maddali Last year, on Sep. 6, 2018, India declared the application of Section 337 on homosexuality unconstitutional, effectively decriminalizing homosexuality in the country. Section 337, which makes sexual acts “against the order of nature” illegal, seems to be neutral at face value. The meaning of the section is a gray area in certain… Continue reading Leaps and Bounds: India’s changing attitudes towards homosexuality
By Aarushi Pant and Sofia Pham The Trump administration has overturned an Obama-era rule that prevented discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, allowing for faith-based foster care and adoption agencies to deny services to LGBT families. The proposed rule, released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), would enable… Continue reading Trump administration proposes rule allowing adoption agencies to turn away LGBT couples
By Ethan Jiang Back in 2008, the Central American nation of Ecuador made a dramatic stride towards protecting the environment by revising its constitution to include articles that protected the rights of nature. With these provisions, citizens can bring lawsuits that name ecosystems themselves as defendants. Unfortunately, Ecuador’s regard for nature has failed to extend… Continue reading Igual en Ecuador: Inside Ecuador’s LGBT+ Rights Struggle
When an individual identifies as genderfluid, this means that they may feel more masculine or feminine at certain times. Their identity does not align with the concept of a gender binary, which divides gender into distinctly male and female parts. Genderfluid individuals have been a crucial part of history and were found in many indigenous… Continue reading What is gender fluidity?
Transgender Day of Visibility, or TDoV, which was celebrated on March 31, celebrates the unique lives, journeys, and stories of trans individuals while serving as a painful yet important reminder of the struggles and discrimination transgender individuals continue to face throughout their daily lives. Trans individuals can face backlash from their family, friends, strangers, and… Continue reading What’s transgender visibility and passing?
When someone you know comes out to you, it can seem like an overwhelming experience. However, there's no reason for you to panic. If someone comes out to you, it means that they feel safe and comfortable enough around you to reveal their sexuality or identity. Although it may seem like a huge deal to… Continue reading How should I react when someone comes out?
If someone identifies as asexual, that means that they experience little to no sexual desire or attraction to other individuals. Although it is commonly assumed that most asexuals are aromantic, the two are not mutually exclusive. Someone can identify as asexual but still experience romantic feelings, while someone else could identify as aromantic but still… Continue reading Being asexual vs. aromantic