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Andrew Evans, Guest Contributor

October 9, 2019

He likes my eyes now that they do not hide   I blossomed he says like a flower in springtime   And all the wasted years fall away like leaves blushing red upon the ground   How could this be wrong? I sealed it up for far too long Nipped the buds with self-inflicted chi...

Pride

Pride

Micah Petway, Guest Contributor

October 9, 2019

How can I have pride when being who I am is wrong Being shunned, beaten, abused and disowned Only for having pride in who I am   A little voice in my head is telling me being proud is not worth it   But the pride in me is much too strong My pride does not come from the...

Refraction

Refraction

Isabel Sleczkowski, Guest Contributor

October 9, 2019

RED flushed his face and mine when he kissed me, I flinched. My hand grew heavier when he held it. I think his eyes were black but I tried not to look. I kept as much space between us as I could.     ORANGE was the knot in my ribcage that tangled when I...

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

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

Noël Waltz, Copy Editor

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 their gender and their body goes far beyond reproductive functions. Research has suggested t...

10 September 2019

10 September 2019

Elizabeth McClure, Guest Contributor

October 9, 2019

I am like a rosebush.   Beautiful from afar.   Blooms you want to see and smell forever.   But you get hurt if you get too close.   I fade quickly and easily; my beauty lasts but for a moment.   Many have tried pruning me.   Cutting away...

Student activist promotes LGBTQ inclusivity, education

Student activist promotes LGBTQ inclusivity, education

Natalie Hamren, Editor-in-Chief

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 she has to each of those things. She’s always learning and growing. She’s an intersec...

Lavender Society provides a home for queer women, nonbinary students

Lavender Society provides a home for queer women, nonbinary students

Bee Klapper, Reporter

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 in the Student Union’s multipurpose room, receiving laughter in response. About 20 students h...

Lavender figures: A look into the life of Harvey Milk

Lavender figures: A look into the life of Harvey Milk

Jarett Lopez, Guest Contributor

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 gay elected official in California and the sixth nationwide. Milk was an imperfect activist, as m...

Student body president advocates for on-campus LGBTQ+ rights

Student body president advocates for on-campus LGBTQ+ rights

Kane Mitten, Arts & Life Editor

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, you see that oppression is interlocking,” Lopez said. “A populace who isn’t civically engaged is more likely...

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