Opinion

The Importance of Pronouns and Naming to Gender Identity

By Naomi Canny In an article by Durham College titled “Misgendering, a Not So Silent Killer," Sid MacIsaac, a student of Durham College, is nonbinary, and therefore uses the pronouns they/them rather than he/him. The director of their camp, Kevin tries to reassure Sid when he’s experiencing an anxiety attack, but ends up doing the… Continue reading The Importance of Pronouns and Naming to Gender Identity

Opinion

Ageism in the Realm of Social Justice

By Aarushi Pant, originally published by the National Youth Association When it comes to many social justice causes —  such as LGBTQ rights, feminism, racial equality, and economic justice —  youth are typically discouraged from speaking out and leading movements. Even historically, the majority of progressive movements were led by older individuals who supposedly had… Continue reading Ageism in the Realm of Social Justice

Opinion

Why POC should be an ally to the BLM movement

By Shalini Kumar via Immigain The Black Lives Matter movement has been ongoing since 2013 but has arguably had the most momentum since its upbringing following the death of George Floyd. Since then protests springing from the root of the issue - Minneapolis, Minnesota to all fifty states and even crossing the borders to Syria,… Continue reading Why POC should be an ally to the BLM movement

Opinion

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

Opinion

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

Opinion

The LGBTQ+ community’s enduring struggle to gain rights through the UN

By Talia Porter The United Nations, supposedly representing the values of each country and globalization, has taken its time to accept those in the LGBTQ+ community. I believe that the issue that the United Nations faces as it begins to more openly tackle is that due to the homophobic and transphobic nature of many of… Continue reading The LGBTQ+ community’s enduring struggle to gain rights through the UN

Opinion

The importance of LGBT history in schools

By Grace Marra This August, the decision of the state of Illinois to join California, New Jersey, and Colorado in mandating the inclusion of LGBT history in public school curriculums, starting in 2020, has sparked much debate.  Some who oppose this new legislation argue that the time in history classes devoted to the historical contributions… Continue reading The importance of LGBT history in schools