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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”

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2019: Milestones for the LGBTQ community this year

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

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Leaps and Bounds: India’s changing attitudes towards homosexuality

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

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Trump administration proposes rule allowing adoption agencies to turn away LGBT couples

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

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Igual en Ecuador: Inside Ecuador’s LGBT+ Rights Struggle

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

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What’s transgender visibility and passing?

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?

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Being asexual vs. aromantic

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