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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


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


A Look At Italy’s New Minister For Family

Italy, after months of crisis and changes of mind, finally managed to create a new government on June 1, when the new Prime Minister, together with the different Ministers making up the governing body, swore loyalty to the Constitution and the Republic. While there have been several elements about these elections that destabilized Italians, seeing the list of Ministers was perhaps the most shocking one. Lorenzo Fontana is the new Minister for Family and Disability. This man,


Pansexuals Erased From LGBTQIAP+ Spectrum By Pedophile Sympathizers

2017 has surely been one for the books, but sadly it is not yet over. Although we have made it to the final month, the nonsense that has become prevalent has not stopped. On Twitter, this year especially, countless debates have taken place on the daily, but none have struck me quite as profoundly as this one. Just last week, a tweet came to the surface and I’m really not sure how to explain it,

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Opinion: High School Doesn’t Prepare Teens For Adulthood

While in school, how many times do you find yourself asking somebody, “When will I ever use this in life?” When you’re sitting in Algebra and are told to find the slope of an equation in standard form, do you groan and tell your teacher that learning this has no purpose? You’re probably right. Unless you’re going to become an engineer or a computer programmer, odds are you won’t need any math skills beyond basic


Why the Same-Sex Wedding Cake Case Is Such a Big Deal

Earlier this week, the case Masterpiece Bakery Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission was heard by the Supreme Court. For those who aren’t aware, this case comes from an event which occurred in 2015 when Charlie Craig and David Mullins walked into Masterpiece Bakery to purchase a cake for their upcoming wedding after the recent legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States. Upon entering, the men were met with the owner, Jack Phillips who, when asked


Queer Texas Students in Danger

Politics lately-I believe we can all agree-have been quite a bumpy ride. Many have kept quite a close eye on things happening nationally- most notably, the presidential race, but this does not mean we can turn a blind eye to state politics. This being said, LGBTQ+ Texan students could be at risk. Texas state senator Konnie Burton has proposed that any policy in place to protect LGBTQ+ students, particularly those in the transgender community, should


Why Queer Power Is Important

Since the dawn of the Gay and Trans Liberation Movements, the focus and goal of the LGBTQ+ community has been inclusion, health, and pride. And even through the AIDS epidemic at its height in the 80’s and a revival of religious intolerance through tele-evangelization, the queer community has stood strong in the face of adversity. We have stood strong with the expression of pride. But where did the phrase ‘queer power’ go? The ideal of


Interview With Writer Brynne Rebele-Henry: Prose, Gayness, and Girlhood

A teen writing phenomenon, Brynne Rebele-Henry has published numerous critically acclaimed works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry all during her adolescence. Born in 1999, Brynne is a lesbian feminist who has had work appear in publications like the Denver Review, the Adroit Journal, and PANK. In 2016, Brynne published Fleshgraphs, an experimental confessional novel exploring “queerness, girlhood, and illness” that earned praise from Publishers Weekly. Brynne also founded Fissure, a magazine for LGBTQIP+ teen writers.

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