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Attention White Gays: Stop Using Queerness as a Band-Aid

When you use a bandage, you are trying to cover up a wound. The bandage isn’t the healing agent; it conceals the injury until it fades away. Likewise, when white gay people use the fact that they are gay to make up for their shortcomings (such as biases and privileges) as a white individual, they are just putting band-aids on bullet holes rather than getting to the root of the problem. Unfortunately, this problem won’t

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Pink Capitalism: Why Companies Need to go Beyond The Rainbow

In recent years the inclusion of rainbows, sayings such as “love is love”, and other pride related content have made their way in many big companies. These inclusions are not rooted in as pure intent as the company makes it out to be, they are a capitalist PR strategy that has a name, Pink Capitalism/pinkwashing. Pink Capitalism is the incorporation of the LGBT+ movement for capitalization and pinkwashing is making products or the image of

Hannah and Jake Graf. Credit: Paul Grace.
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Newly-Weds Fight Back With Kindness After Transphobic Headline Slur

Newly-weds Hannah Rose, née Winterbourne, and Jake Graf were met by the transphobic headline ‘Tran and Wife’ from The Sun newspaper following their recent marriage. The controversial front-page headline on March 27 was followed with a stunning article written by Emma Pietras regarding the recent marriage of transgender couple, Hannah, 31, and Jake, 40. The sub-heading on the U.K’s national newspaper also caused outrage, featuring the words ‘Jake who used to be a woman weds

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This is For You

Millions of people are only now understanding and appropriately using terminology for people of all sexual and gender orientations. We are all still learning. It’s a wonderful thing to be living in a time where people are trying to understand. It’s a wonderful thing to feel validated. If you understand the basic terms such as gay and transgender, I would like to introduce a few more orientations that people go by but are rarely represented

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The Future of Transgender Military Members is Uncertain

President Donald Trump is continuing his attempt to prevent transgender military members from serving. After federal courts thwarted his attempt at a ‘ban’ in July 2016, he’s rescinded his last policy to enact a new one. It will limit future recruits based on criteria that are developed through “extensive study by senior uniformed and civilian leaders, including combat veterans.” The criteria were released in a memo from the Pentagon on Friday, March 22. It detailed specifics that disqualify transgender

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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

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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

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2018 U.S. Winter Olympics Team Welcomes First Two Openly Gay Athletes

In the 94 years that the Olympic Games have been around, the U.S. Winter Olympic Team has never been so diverse. With seven black athletes already making history and a record number of Asian-American athletes, these games have finally opened the doors for people of different races as well as sexualities. Meet Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy: the first openly gay U.S. Winter Olympic athletes. In 2015, both Rippon and Kenworthy came out as gay men.

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Why I Don’t Like The Word ‘Lesbian’

What’s a label? What is the L word, specifically? No, not the TV show, the actual word. “Lesbian.” It’s a term commonly used as an identifier for gay women, a label many embrace. I, personally, do not like this word. Or, rather, I don’t identify with it, as a gay woman, a “lesbian.” Every time I hear someone say lesbian, I cringe internally and for a long time, I didn’t quite understand why. It felt gross

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Young Queer People Should Definitely Be Obliged To Care About LGBT History

This week, writer Dylan B Jones wrote a daunting piece for the gay lifestyle magazine Attitude. The piece, titled “Young Queer People Shouldn’t Be Obliged To Care About LGBT History – And That’s The Biggest Sign Of Success There Is,” became subject of widespread criticism amongst online LGBT circles. The article, as a whole, was denounced for being ignorant and tone-deaf. I took time to read the article and came to the conclusion that he

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