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Why I Don’t Stand For the Pledge of Allegiance

I learned the Pledge of Allegiance in kindergarten, at the age of five. It is so ingrained in my head that I could recite it in my sleep. And now, eleven years later, I no longer stand up at the beginning of each school day and pledge my allegiance to the United States of America. I remain in my seat. Why? Here’s my reasoning: I refuse to pledge my allegiance to my country if my

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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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Two Women Have Been Sentenced To Caning In Malaysia For Sexual Relations

Malaysia is currently in the midst of a debilitating human rights crisis, one that concerns the security of a large demographic of its society. In Malaysia, homosexuality is illegal under the Sharia law. In light of this, two women in Malaysia have been sentenced with caning and a fine of 3,300 ringgit under the Islamic law for “attempted sexual relations.” The Shariah Judge, Kamalruazmi Ismail, has been quoted saying, “Adequate punishment must be meted out so that

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What Did We Learn From Genderquake?

With the recent showing of the reality television show, Genderquake and the debate that followed, the identity of gender has been headlining across the world. The reality show on Channel 4 saw eleven individuals of different gender identities live together in a house for a week. Although the concept is meant to educate people across the globe about the gender spectrum rather than the concept of two genders, I discovered that even in the LGBTQ+

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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 After federal courts thwarted his attempt at a ‘ban’ in July 2016, he’s rescinded his last policy to enact a new one.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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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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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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Why Black Homosexuality is Not a Negative Attribute

No matter how much pseudo-intellectuals may try to urge it, debates based on controversial topics have never been tranquil. People, especially when arguing a point that they believe so deeply in, are not prone to be phlegmatic. Religion and politics are never encouraged to be discussed in the workplace, simply because beliefs like those are fairly unshakable, and a disagreement between two passionate people could lead to a colossal rift. Unlike the workplace, social media

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Adam Rippon is the First Openly Gay U.S. Athlete to Qualify for the Winter Olympics

Within the last 10 years, there have been multiple LGBTQ+ athletes from the U.S., such as Jillion Potter, Kelly Griffin, Elena Delle Donne and Seimone Augustus at the Rio 2016 Olympics; Lisa Raymond and Megan Rapinoe at the London 2012 Olympics; Lauren Lappin, Vicky Galindo and Natasha Kai at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. However, Adam Rippon will be the first LGBTQ+ male athlete to represent the US, and one of few openly gay athletes to participate

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Genders Don’t Love, People Do

Quite recently, my friends and I were at a swim team meet when we overheard a conversation a few guys were having next to us. I am not completely sure what the topic was, but one of them said: “I would feel uncomfortable if there was a gay guy on swim team.” Statistically, given that the swim team is rather large, there probably are. But my questions follow: where do students get these opinions and

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