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The Met Gala & Camp: Queer History

As I browsed the Met Gala outfits when I woke up this morning, I was left both impressed and confused. The outfits were as good as they always are — some unusual, some beautiful. However, I couldn’t quite get my head around the theme i.e. “Camp: Notes on Fashion”. I had literally no idea what it meant, but only when I began to understand its meaning did I fully appreciate the outfits and their societal

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The History of The Word ‘Queer’

The word ‘queer’ has a long and somewhat disreputable history. It was originally used by John Douglas — the then Marquess of Queensbury — in 1894 in a smear campaign against Oscar Wilde after he’d caught his son having an affair with Wilde. The word ‘queer,’ then simply connoting something weird and bizarre, was used by him to discredit Wilde. And so the use of the word ‘queer’ as a slur against, well, queer people

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Title VII: No Longer A Barrier For LGBT+ Discrimination?

Title VII is a section of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that prohibits discrimination by employers on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. This act has very few exceptions, and has grown in importance over the years since it was put in place. On Monday, the Supreme Court announced that in three upcoming cases it will make a decision as to whether or not the Title VII law bans discrimination

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Why Cis People Should Make Their Pronouns Known

The beginning of my email signature reads like this: I am cisgender. I have never had anyone question my femininity when looking at me or my name. I have never been called by the wrong pronouns, yet still include my own in my emails and just about every one of my social media accounts, as well as announce them in every possible way when meeting new people. What are personal pronouns? The hyperlink in my

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Being a Trans Man and Dating a Football Player: Lessons Learned

While we adjusted quickly, the world around us did not. The first day we held hands, I remember someone approaching us... he barely knew A himself, but he felt comfortable enough to say this: "Why do you even like her?" He brushed it off, but it stayed in my mind. Later, he was asked more and more inappropriate, intimate questions about my body

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Brunei to Establish Harsh Laws Against Gay Sex

In the modern world, it is difficult to fathom a nation evoking the death penalty due to an individual’s sexual orientation — it may be deemed an absurdity. Even considering the continued persecution and discrimination of the LGBT+ community in the Western sphere, most nations have absolved their legal condemnation of same-sex courtship between consenting adults, establishing laws that prevent others from hindering their freedom of sexual expression. Such progression in Western nations may cause

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Dear Straight People: Stop Pinning Homophobia On “Closet Cases”

Dear straight friend reading this, if you consider yourself an ally, take a quick moment to yourself, and think: When was the last time you interpreted someone’s homophobic outburst as “a closet case” with a smug smile on your face? The last time you assumed a toxically masculine straight man using the f-slur was just “secretly gay” and “in denial,” completely content with yourself not only for being observant enough to scope it out, but

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10 Queer Activists To Follow On Instagram

Instagram can be a great place to waste time, but its power to bring people and communities together cannot be overlooked. Whether you’re queer or not, here are some accounts to add to your feed and maybe learn a thing or two from while you’re at it. 1. Chella Man and MaryV Benoit: @chellaman, @maryvbenoit     Chella Man and his partner MaryV Benoit are the queer powerhouse couple that we all need in our

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What Jussie Smollett’s Felony Charges Mean For LGBTQ Victims of Assault

Falsifying claims of homophobic and racist actions can lead to grave consequences for those who regularly face persecution. On the morning of Jan. 29, actor Jussie Smollett was approached in Chicago by two people in ski masks who yelled racist, homophobic slurs at him, beat him, poured an unknown chemical (rumored to be bleach) over him, and even fastened a noose around his neck before fleeing the area. Smollett fought back, and once his assailants

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Matthew Shepard’s Death Still Matters

He was found on October 1998 in Laramie, Wyoming by a bicyclist. He was tied to a buck-rail fence and the cyclist mistook him as a scarecrow. Matthew was kidnapped, robbed, beaten and left to die. He was found 18 hours after the attack and was in the hospital, comatose. Two men were found and convicted of the crime, a crime committed because he was gay. Matthew’s parents instantly became involved in the gay community,

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