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LGBTQ Column: What does trans look like?

LGBTQ Column: What does trans look like?

By Abigail Hadfield, Deputy Copy Editor

November 6, 2019

As a journalist, I try to follow as many diverse voices on Twitter as possible. I follow journalists from news outlets I like, from ones I don’t like, from national sources to small town papers. I also try to make sure I’m following people from marginalized communities, who report on issues that might...

Age of the Twink: Remembering Matthew Shepard 21 years later

Age of the Twink: Remembering Matthew Shepard 21 years later

By Kyle Labe

October 29, 2019

My high school selected The Laramie Project for its fall production during my senior year. This was a shock to me, knowing my town and the conservative suburbs that surrounded the school. Moisés Kaufman’s play, about the aftermath of the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard in his small Wyoming town, seeme...

Age of the Twink: Yes, I am a gay-mer

Age of the Twink: Yes, I am a gay-mer

By Kyle Labe

September 18, 2019

When it comes to a “Super Mario” game, I’ll always choose Princess Peach as my avatar. If it’s “Resident Evil," I’ll go for Ada Wong. I prefer Ms. Pac Man over her boring male counterpart. For Super Smash Bros., I frequent Samus. A 2013 study in the journal “Information, Communication &a...

Age of the Twink: Red Cross picks politics over science

Age of the Twink: Red Cross picks politics over science

By Kyle Labe

February 21, 2019

When I was in high school, the American Red Cross would sometimes station one of their “bloodmobiles” in the parking lot. A doctor, nurse, and phlebotomist collected pints from willing donors, and students lined the sidewalk waiting to contribute to the cause. I recall one time when my physical educa...

Age of the Twink: When sexuality steals your youth

Age of the Twink: When sexuality steals your youth

By Kyle Labe

October 22, 2018

Over the summer I celebrated my best friend’s 21st birthday with him and some others from high school. We drank beer, sat around a fire pit, and shared memories. They chatted about camping trips and summer vacations, senior weeks and afterschool activities, yet I sat in silence. I had nothing to ad...

LGBTQ Column: Logging on to feel less alone

LGBTQ Column: Logging on to feel less alone

By Andrew Stanton

April 18, 2018

As a confused, gay teenager, lacking any support from family or peers, I did what any other young member of the LGBTQ community would—I logged onto the internet. According to the Born This Way Foundation, 62 percent of queer youth go online to find relatable people, opposed to only 40 percent of non-queer youth. We use social media sites lik...

LGBTQ Column: Don’t forget the T

By Andrew Stanton

March 28, 2018

RuPaul, the drag queen who started the TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race, a popular drag competition, caused a stir within the LGBTQ community when he said he would “probably not” allow transitioning transgender people to compete on his show. “You can identify as a woman and say you’re transit...

LGBTQ Column: Winning hearts and gold medals

LGBTQ Column: Winning hearts and gold medals

By Andrew Stanton

February 21, 2018

This year, the world watched the first openly-gay Team USA athletes compete in the Winter Olympics. Many people in the LGBTQ community are celebrating figure skater Adam Rippon and skier Gus Kenworthy for their courage and shameless self-expression in the athletic spotlight, where the queer comm...

LGBTQ Column: Queer-baiting, but straight-washing

LGBTQ Column: Queer-baiting, but straight-washing

By Andrew Stanton

January 23, 2018

NBC’s new show Rise tells the story of how high school drama teacher Lou Mazzuchelli transforms the theater department. The plot is based on the real life story of Lou Volpe, but many in the LGBTQ community have criticized the show’s creators for changing a pivotal part of Volpe’s characte...

LGBTQ column: Out of the closet, into a box

By Andrew Stanton

September 28, 2017

I have a confession—I think Buzzfeed quizzes are fun. A few weeks ago, I found myself searching the site. One quiz titled, “You Won’t Get 100% on this Quiz If You’re Straight,” jumped out at me. Aware of how questionable this could be, I went ahead and took it. According to Buzzfeed, I am, ...

Love column: Straight noise crowds LGBTQ+ space

March 29, 2017

Last Friday, my first weekend in D.C., I ventured out into the city for drinking, dancing, and the sense of adventure that comes with being in a new place. My friends and I spotted a rooftop bar with an American flag and a rainbow flag waving side by side and we skipped inside, delighted.   On...

LGBTQ Column: Sexuality through literature’s lens

March 22, 2017

Growing up queer is lonely. One must learn to live with solitude. For me, the only chance I have at being understood is in the pages of a novel. Luckily I’ve been surrounded by books my whole life. The beautiful thing about classic literature is that it’s classic. Literature is timeless,...