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SOTA hosts virtual allyship and equity of LGBTQ+ artist event

Photo of Daryl Harris
November 19, 2020

On Wednesday, the School of the Arts hosted its fourth event as part of a summit series in which social issues of the art industry have been discussed by guest speakers within the field. This event in...

Under new governor, LGBTQ campus community looks ahead

The 17 cities in Kentucky that have enacted Fairness Ordinances.
With Kentucky’s 63rd governor, NKU’s LGBTQ community has high hopes for positive change
January 31, 2020
Even though NKU is a safe haven against discrimination, it is still legal for any reason outside of campus boundaries. This means people can lose their jobs, housing or be denied service because of their religion, race or sexual orientation—essentially, fired for what makes them who they are. 

First transgender White House staffer speaks in Otto Budig Theater

Former White House liaison Raffi Freedman-Gurspan and student body president Jarett Lopez spoke to students in the Otto M. Budig Theater on Wednesday night.
Raffi Freedman-Gurspan was the LGBTQ liaison during the Obama administration
October 24, 2019
Raffi Freedman-Gurspan became a part of United States history when President Barack Obama hired her as Outreach and Recruitment Director, making her the first openly transgender White House staffer in history.

Beyond the binary: What non-binary genders are, how to be an ally

The social dimension includes your gender expression, or the way we communicate our gender to others. This is done through things such as clothing, hairstyles, and mannerisms.
October 9, 2019

Gender is a social construct defined as the complex interrelationship between your body, your identity and your social interactions, according to genderspectrum.org.  Human beings’ relationship between...

Student activist promotes LGBTQ inclusivity, education

Isabel Sleczkowski, president of Lavender Society.
The president of Lavender Society is a 'loud, proud lesbian'
October 9, 2019

Isabel Sleczkowski is a loud, proud lesbian. Or at least that’s how she describes herself.  She’s a friend; she’s a safe place. She occasionally puts too much on her plate but tries to give everything...

Lavender Society provides a home for queer women, nonbinary students

Lavender Society provides a home for queer women, nonbinary students
The LGBTQ+ organization helps WLW on campus
October 9, 2019

“All right, we’re running on gay time, so we’re going to start at 5:35 instead of 5:30,” Isabel Sleczkowski, president of Lavender Society, said.  Sleczkowski’s voice rang out over the chatter...

Lavender figures: A look into the life of Harvey Milk

An illustration of LGBTQ icon Harvey Milk.
October 9, 2019

During LGBTQ History Month, it is important to recognize the queer forebears who have paved the way for the rights that we enjoy today. One such figure is Harvey Milk (1930-1978), who was the first openly...

Student body president advocates for on-campus LGBTQ+ rights

Student body president Jarett Lopez.
Jarett Lopez strives to enact equality for all
October 9, 2019

For Jarett Lopez, student body president, his interests in politics and civic engagement have always derived from his identity as someone who’s gay.  “Once you start looking into queer theory,...

What you missed at SGA Feb. 25

Director of LGBTQ Programs and Services, Bonnie Meyer, explains the outline of her presentation to SGA.
February 26, 2019

Learning LGBTQ+ etiquette In Monday’s SGA meeting, Director of NKU’s LGBTQ Programs and Services Bonnie Meyer gave a presentation aimed at better preparing students for interaction with people who...

What you missed at SGA Sept. 17

What you missed at SGA Sept. 17
September 19, 2018
Protesters descended on Student Government Association’s Sept. 17 meeting to rally against the appointment of a justice accused of using derogatory language by a former SGA senator and former justice. Two state senators also spoke about university funding, and SGA passed a resolution for veterans.

GALLERY: Drag show ‘Mas-QUEER-ade’ gives back to charity

Masqueerade, a drag show held by NKU Common Ground, brought together drag queens, kings and the campus community for an evening of fun.
October 25, 2016

Crystyle Starr and an array of kings and queens, both amateur and professional, donned vibrant costumes as they performed, music blasting through the Student Union ballroom.  An array of guests filled...

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