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2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates’ Histories and Stances on LGBTQ+ Rights

2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates LGBTQ+ Stances & Histories June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate the power and history of the LGBTQ+ community. June also means that presidential hopefuls are gearing up their campaigns, as the Iowa caucus grows nearer. Let’s take a look at each major Presidential candidates’ (Biden, Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg, O’Rourke, Harris) history and plans surrounding the LGBTQ+ community. Joe Biden Joe Biden, known for his love of ice cream, President


Georgia’s Abortion Ban Opponents Find Unlikely Allies in Hollywood

Georgia’s most recent ban on abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy comes as part of a wave of regulatory rollbacks on female reproductive rights in America. The Georgian governor, Brian Kemp, mandated a bill in May which would prohibit virtually all abortions after a detectable fetal heartbeat. The policy has been met with severe backlash from protestors, who are taking their indignant outcries to streets and social media. However, they have just acquired solidarity

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How To Seriously Write For Yourself

You’d think that this would be a no-brainer for most writers. We are always writing for ourselves, right? Not necessarily. For some of you it might be true, but for me it isn’t. Since I’m trying to become a published author, I’m constantly nit-picking about everything I write. Does it fit into the page length for this genre? Will someone interpret this the wrong way? How many rewrites is too many? And on and on.


The History of Pride and Why We Don’t Need ‘Straight Pride’

A recent attempt (which may actually come to fruition) by three men in Boston to start a ‘straight pride’ parade has sparked vitriol and debate all across the internet. After all, why should straight people not be allowed to express pride in their identities in the same way that LGBTQIAP+ individuals do? Well, for starters, straight people have never been oppressed. There is no country in the world where heterosexuals are under threat or where


An Accurate Representation of the American Black Male

Growing up as a young black male in America, one is faced with an inaccurate negative narrative about themselves. While it is not good to simply ignore all the negative, it is demoralizing to only hear negative about one’s own particular demographic, as well as negatively affecting the public’s understandings and attitudes related to black males. Negative stereotypes such as portrayal of black men as thugs, criminals and fools reduce self-esteem and expectations. Research into


Was Chris Evan’s Tweet Problematic?

After the recent announcement that a group of straight men were attempting to host a “Straight Pride” in Boston, people took to social media to discuss the issue. Many took different angles on the issue, focusing on the historical significance of pride to LGBTQ+ members and how Straight Pride disrespects that through ignoring the privilege non-LGBTQ individuals have. Happy straight pride to you, I guess 🙄 — Alfonso Manalastas (@not_alfonso) June 6, 2019 Source:


Gay Sex Decriminalised in Botswana

On Tuesday, June 11th, 2019, the high court in Botswana ruled to overturn two laws which had previously criminalized gay sex. The vote was unanimous and has effectively become a landmark case in the realm of LGBTQ+ rights in Africa. The laws were both passed in a colonial-era but were brought to light earlier this year by an anonymous plaintiff who chose to go only by L.M. in court. Being gay himself, L.M. wrote in


The Latest Extradition Bill Sparks Massive Public Outrage in Hong Kong

In the early hours of Sunday, thousands upon thousands of Hong Kong residents flocked to several areas in the city, protesting a recent “extradition bill” that could end their judicial independence. The protests lasted all through Sunday, and remained peaceful for most of those hours. However, there were some more violent riots, which were suppressed by police using pepper spray and batons. There currently are a total of seven arrests made, and its estimated that


Ditch the Uniform: We Need To Leave Police Out of Pride

On June 28, 1969, the New York City Police raided the Stonewall Inn, a known gay club. Homosexuality and cross dressing were illegal at that time, so with a warrant the police entered the club, hauling patrons and employees out of the building. Instead of dispersing into the night, patrons and neighbors stood outside the bar and would do so for 6 days in protest of police harassment of the LGBT community. Three years prior


World Oceans Day: Reducing Pollution to Preserve Marine Life

As global warming and climate change become major problems of our society, it is relevant to celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8. Acting as the lungs of our planet, the oceans give us the majority of the oxygen we breathe. The international day’s purpose is to make people aware of their impacts on the ocean—creating a universal movement centered on the preservation of various oceans. Having a sense of unity, the event enables individuals

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