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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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There Is a Serious Lack of Support for GSA’s in Public Schools

GSA, or the Gay-Straight Alliance, is a club formed in most public schools. Just like any regular club, there is an advisor and fundraisers, yet unlike most clubs, the GSA gets little to no support from the school administration. Recently, my school has been facing budget cuts, and one of the first things on the list to cut? The GSA. It would be one thing if the club had no members or if there wasn’t

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Bermuda Takes A Huge Step Backwards By Repealing Same Sex Marriage

Just two months after huge history was made in Australia with the Australian government legalising same-sex marriage, Bermuda takes a massive step backward repealing their bill legalising same-sex marriage just six months after it was signed. Bermuda Gov. John Rankin signed a bill legalising domestic partnerships for LGBT+ couples in Bermuda, which will replace marriage. The action was immediately criticised by LGBT+ citizens and members of the community. The Minister of Home Affairs, Walton Brown,

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Dear Straight Teachers, Please Use More Inclusive Language

I wish I attended a high school that was inclusive. The foundation of my high school is centered around equality but, in all honesty, the majority of classes that the students are enrolled in seem to be premised off of the exclusion of others. While that statement may seem extremely blunt, these situations, unfortunately, aren’t just seen in my high school. In a study conducted by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), secondary

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Transgender Women in Indonesia Are Being Detained and Coached to Be “Real Men”

On Jan. 27,  North Aceh police raided several beauty salons and some transgender women who work there were taken to the police station. The raid was called “operasi penyakit Masyarakat,” or “community sickness operation.” North Aceh Chief of Police, Untung Sangaji, told BBC Indonesia that the raid of the transgender women over the weekend is an action of “coaching” them to be “real men.”   The police officers also forcibly shaved their hair off and

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LGBT Violence In Brazil Has Increased By 30%

A place known to be LGBT+ friendly is also one of the most deadliest places for LGBT+ people. Grupo De Bahia reported that there were 387 deaths as a result of homophobia in the past year, rising the violence by 30%. Many suicides accompany these deaths. The municipality of Sao Paulo is known to have a humongous pride parade and Brazil is known to have marriage equality and legal resources for transgender lives, so why would

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India’s Section 377 Is Against Human’s Rights

In India, transgender people are entitled to human rights, but people who engage in consensual homosexual relations can be arrested. In fact, homosexuality is a taboo subject in society. For a country that risked death to gain their freedom, going to jail for your sexual orientation does not seem right. Section 377 in the Indian Penal Code states that “whoever has carnal intercourse shall be punishable.” Punishing someone for whom they’re attracted to is, again, not

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Millennials are the Queerest Generation (So Far)

Last year, GLAAD published its Accelerating Acceptance 2017 survey, which showed that Millennials (people ages 18-34) are 20% more likely to identify as LGBTQ+ than older generations. This younger generation also appears to identify more outside of traditional binaries, such as gay/straight and male/female. We’re growing up in a time of increasing openness and understanding of LGBTQ issues (as well as other minorities) and this openness is creating a greater sense of safety for young

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