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Mia Boccher

Mia Boccher
LGBT+

Transgender Wins that Are Shaping 2018

The most recent win for the transgender community, surprisingly, was an Oscar nomination. The movie “A Fantastic Woman” was granted an Oscar for a foreign language film and keeps the discussion of trans rights the forefront of our attention with transwoman Daniela Vega being the lead and a trans storyline keeping the plot afloat. In addition to that, the first transgender director was also nominated for an Oscar. Yance Ford’s documentary “Strong Island” peers into

LGBT+

Why Are Queer Youth Still Uncomfortable with Themselves?

It could be because of news stories that show violence against us. Giovanni Meltonwas 14 years old when he was shot and killed by his father in Nevada. Gabriel Fernandez was 8 years old when he died in the hospital due to abuse and negligence. Gabryel Magalhães was 16 years old when his father killed him. All of these boys were presumed to be gay and their loved ones took it upon themselves to fatally

Politics

So You Think You’re An Activist?

People are getting angry and honestly, they should be. There has been a lot to be mad about within these two years. Over 1 million people got angry enough to march in this year’s Women’s March. Nationwide, protests and rallies have been held to spread disgruntled beliefs on how America is mishandling crucial issues such as female reproductive rights, immigration and deportation, maltreatment of African Americans and gun regulation. Social media has been bombarded with

Race

Slavery Never Ended, It Just Got a New Name

Those who live in America are well aware of the history of slavery– how it shaped the country economically and socially into what it is today. Yet, slavery never ended. This may have been highlighted by the slave trade in Libya where African migrants and refugees have been sold in inhumane conditions by their captors. As surprising as it may sound, this is not unusual. Slavery is still very active, and not just in countries that

Environment

It’s the End of the World

When people claim that climate change isn’t a real thing, it makes me wonder if they know what climate change is. As NASA so eloquently puts it, climate change is when there is a change in an area’s weather. That can mean an area’s rainfall might differ from the norm, or their temperature might change from what is the expected average. It is incredibly important to note that climate change isn’t just about one area

International

Queer Journalist Ali Feruz is Being Detained in Russia and No One Is Talking About it

To those who may be unaware, Russia has been brutal to the LGBTQ+ community in the previous year. There have been reports of gay concentration camps in Chechnya, where men were detained illegally and tortured, a famous gay pop singer being missing and presumed kidnapped and dead by family and friends and an increase in violent crimes against gay men due to a anti-gay propaganda law which favors the “traditional” family. The case of Ali Feruz brings

Mental Health

Debunking Myths About Mental Health

Despite awareness and acceptance spreading through social media and one’s personal life, mental health still isn’t taken as seriously as it should. There are hundreds of people who ask questions that should be taught to them earlier, who have a mindset that mental health is something very different than what it is and have never experienced first-hand a mental health issue being openly discussed by families and friends in their lives before. Myth 1: It’s

Race

The Solution to Legalizing Marijuana Is Recognizing That There’s a Connection Between Weed and Racism

California has received praise lately for its legalization of recreational marijuana, the ninth state to do so, including the District of Columbia. While this is a step forward and makes the concept of recreational weed being legalized federally more realistic, there is an issue. And no, I’m not referring to Jeff Session’s adamant anti-weed stance that is preventing federal legalization. I’m talking about 587,700 people being arrested. Their crime? Marijuana possession. According to the Washington Post, this

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