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Informative

A Guide to Respecting Pronouns and Gender Identity

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

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

Informative

What JK Rowling’s New Book Means for the Transgender Community

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

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

Informative

Social Justice, Intersectionality and the LGBTQ Movement

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

Entertainment

5 LGBTQ Netflix Recomendations to Keep You Busy During Quarantine

By Sofia Pham The Half of It Synopsis: Ellie Chu (Leah Lewis), a gifted but introverted girl who helps her father run a local train station, operates a side business where she writes her classmates’ essay papers. When school jock Paul Munsky (Daniel Diemer) asks her to write love letters to a girl he likes,… Continue reading 5 LGBTQ Netflix Recomendations to Keep You Busy During Quarantine

Informative

Global Tide Turns Against Conversion Therapy, US Lags Behind

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

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

Feature

Alan Turing: How a Gay Man Revolutionized Technology

By Catherine Basil Computer science, mathematical biology, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence as we know them today would not exist without the great contributions of renowned mathematician and scientist Alan Turing, who was also a member of the LGBTQ community. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Turing took an interest in math and science… Continue reading Alan Turing: How a Gay Man Revolutionized Technology

Informative

Trump Administration Ruling Allows for Transgender and Non-binary Discrimination in Healthcare

By Sandhya Maddali In the midst of Pride Month and on the fourth anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting, the US Department of Health and Human Services enacted a change to Section 1557, effectively removing protections for trans and gender non-conforming people.  Section 1557 is a portion of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 that… Continue reading Trump Administration Ruling Allows for Transgender and Non-binary Discrimination in Healthcare

Informative

Supreme Court outlaws discrimination against LGBTQ workers

By Sofia Pham In a landmark decision Monday morning, the Supreme Court voted 6-3 to ban LGBTQ employment discrimination.  The decision specifically addressed the cases of two gay men and one transgender woman who had sued their employers on the basis of discrimination after being fired.  Bostock v. Clayton County involved the termination of George… Continue reading Supreme Court outlaws discrimination against LGBTQ workers

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

Entertainment

LGBTQ representation in mainstream Indian media

By Amber Kaul Although the Indian Supreme Court finally ruled in favor of decriminalizing homosexuality in 2018, LGBTQ+ topics remain controversial in Indian popular culture. Specifically, Bollywood has a long history of ridiculing LGBTQ characters, usually gay men or hijras. In recent years, however, the portrayal of LGBTQ relationships and issues has improved in Indian… Continue reading LGBTQ representation in mainstream Indian media

Informative

Our first monthly informational newsletter!

spectrum's first newsletter highlights our articles from this month and announces the opening of writer applications! Click the link below to view it and to subscribe for future updates. Let's raise awareness of LGBTQ issues and fight for social justice and equality! April 2020: https://mailchi.mp/48111e707a39/spectrum-monthly-lgbtq-newsletter May 2020: https://mailchi.mp/afb18e7a0ab0/spectrum-monthly-lgbtq-newsletter-606936 June 2020: https://mailchi.mp/d9edc2b1ccdf/spectrum-monthly-lgbtq-newsletter July 2020: https://mailchi.mp/6c858116e356/spectrum-monthly-lgbtq-newsletter-653892 August… Continue reading Our first monthly informational newsletter!

Uncategorized

spectrum writer applications are now open!

spectrum writer applications are open now until June 5! Applications are open to anyone and everyone who has a passion for writing, social justice, and advocacy! Writers are only responsible for publishing one article every two months. Leadership positions will be available, and this is an incredible opportunity to develop communication skills, learn more about… Continue reading spectrum writer applications are now open!

Feature

Allen Young and the Gay Rights Movement

By Naomi Canny For years, the LGBTQ+ community has lacked and still lacks the representation given to other groups – but author and journalist Allen Young sought to change that. In an interview with The Advocate, Young discusses his memoir “Left, Gay, and Green.” Young reveals that he came out as gay as a teenager… Continue reading Allen Young and the Gay Rights Movement

Informative

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”

Entertainment

Valkyrie: The First LGBTQ Character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

By Naomi Canny Through the years Marvel Comics has created a diverse array of characters that range in powers and backgrounds. Despite the media’s strictly heterosexual portrayal of the Marvel characters, many LGBTQ+ characters were introduced in the comics. The first openly gay Marvel character was Northstar from the X-Men series, who was first introduced… Continue reading Valkyrie: The First LGBTQ Character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Feature

The impact of a high school Pride Club

By Sofia Pham High school junior Katie Vierling, at just 17 years old, is a local leader - she’s found herself as president of the growing community of LGBT teens at Seven Lakes High School.  The SLHS Pride Club, according to Vierling, garners around 15 members per weekly meeting. Although they’re a small organization, their… Continue reading The impact of a high school Pride Club

Informative

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

Entertainment

Stranger Things introduces first queer character

By Naomi Canny This summer, fans anxiously awaited the return of a much loved Netflix series, Stranger Things, which came out with its third season on July 4. In this season, viewers got some insight on what it’s like for the kids of Hawkins when they finally get a break from school. Fans also got… Continue reading Stranger Things introduces first queer character

Informative

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

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

Informative

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

Feature

Freeze Frame: Inside the Lives of the LGBT Homeless in Houston’s Busy Streets

By Sofia Pham *Name has been changed to protect the identity of the subject. An invitation to the Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Austin. A foundational high school plan focusing on cuisine. For a 12 year old boy in Aldine, Texas, becoming a chef was a one-way ticket out of a home with an… Continue reading Freeze Frame: Inside the Lives of the LGBT Homeless in Houston’s Busy Streets