Tag: LGBT Issues

May 28

Born with the wrong parts: When genitalia doesn’t define gender

In nearly every picture from my childhood I am wearing ballet leotards or a tutu, mostly because I studied ballet as a child, but also because I identified with the ballerina. It was my “girl” thing, and the ballerina represented the woman I wanted to become. My brother always appears wearing a baseball cap or …

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Jan 15

Gay Kenyan Gang-Raped (Part Two): The Blessing

Read Part One Due to the graphic nature of the content below reader discretion is advised They stole my shoes, bag, money. official pharmacy canada I lay stomach down on a dirt floor embraced by darkness. Eyes closed, I heard the rush of cars down a nearby road. Where was I? Dumped in a semi-done, …

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Jan 15

Gay Kenyan Gang-Raped (Part One): Journey to Self

On the morning of December 11, 2007, Anthony Adero decided to leave his hometown forever and head to the city-center because he wanted to kiss a man for the first time in his life. He packed the few essentials needed for his five-hour trip—little things that carry weight like family photographs, his cellphone with a …

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Mar 28

Was Jenna Talackova a Victim of Discrimination?

If you’ve watched the news, listened to the radio, or opened up any homepage on the internet lately, you have probably heard or read about Canadian contestant, Jenna Talackova, being disqualified from the Miss Universe pageant. Jenna is a 23 year old transgender who has stated that she knew she was a female by the …

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Feb 22

Does it get Better?

I recently wrote a post about the rising gay teen suicide rate due to bullying in schools. After researching and reading about the increasingly devastating number of LGBT youth who have committed suicide, I attempted to come up with a strong plan that might put an end this tragedy. Through my scouring of the web, …

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Feb 09

Expanding Exposure to Diversity

American children face a new and exciting environment, especially in their preschools and elementary schools.  The faces, languages, and cultures of children in our country are incredibly diversified, offering a huge opportunity for kids to learn about families that are different from theirs.  In large part, this diversity is being embraced, as is evident with …

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Feb 06

Women aren’t the only ones- Gay Honor Killings

Most people think of women when the words “honor killing” are brought up. As I wrote in a previous post, women around the world are being murdered, typically by their relatives, due to the fact that they have somehow brought shame upon their family. In this post, though, I want to talk about victims of …

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Feb 01

Land of the Free – Strengthening Gay Activism

The United States has enacted numerous laws that protect its citizen’s right to choose. People may disagree with another’s choice, but that does not matter because they still have rights. The Freedom of Religion, for example, allows Americans to worship whichever God they choose, disbarring any repercussions. Imagine if, as an American, you were only …

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Jan 30

The Consequences of Bullying: Saving LGBT Youth

Phillip Parker grew up in Tennessee with a loving family and a supportive group of friends. He was upbeat and energetic throughout most of his childhood, and was respected by many. He was also openly gay. Unfortunately, with his confidence in being out of the closet came the consequence of bullying. To a number of …

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Jan 16

FagBug: Turning hate into a tool for social action

In dictionary terms, the word “faggot” refers to a bundle of sticks used for kindling. While this might be common knowledge for some, one believed origin of the term probably isn’t. Faggots were used to stimulate fires during Europe’s Inquisition period. These fires are generally associated with the burning of heretics, but among them were …

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