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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.

First transgender White House staffer speaks in Otto Budig Theater

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan was the LGBTQ liaison during the Obama administration
Kane Mitten, Arts & Life Editor 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.
New Message

New Message

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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;...

Isabel Sleczkowski, president of Lavender Society.

Student activist promotes LGBTQ inclusivity, education

The president of Lavender Society is a 'loud, proud lesbian'
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...

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
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...

An illustration of LGBTQ icon 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...

Student body president Jarett Lopez.

Student body president advocates for on-campus LGBTQ+ rights

Jarett Lopez strives to enact equality for all
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,...

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