Posts Categorized: LGBTQIA Rights

First Amendment Defense Act: A View on the “License to Discriminate” Hearing

By anonymous As a young queer person, two specific days stand out to me. Two major events in the last year have profoundly changed my life and how I live it. June 25, 2015 marked the day I was legally allowed to marry another person of the same gender via the Supreme Court ruling in… Read more »

Orlando Shooting: A Response

The day of: 10am – When I see it, I’m holding hands with my girlfriend. I’m checking Facebook over Cheerios on a Sunday morning and I see headlines. 20 dead, in a gay nightclub in Orlando. My blood runs cold. My girlfriend’s bus back to NYC leaves in three hours. I can’t deal with this… Read more »

Allies in Equality—Him and Her for Each Other

By Leora Lihach, President’s Office Intern As the millennial generation begins to take center stage in the world, the feminist movement is at risk of severely slowing down. Too many young adults believe that feminism is off-limits to men and a dangerous word for women—”the f-word”, a word that could mean anything in the realm of… Read more »

Transgender Awareness Week

By Aurea Bolaños Perea, President’s Assistant Intern   (source: www.sdgln.com) Transgender: an umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from what is typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth. People under this umbrella may describe themselves using one or more terms (trans, transgender man or transgender woman). Transgender identity… Read more »

Disney, Swords, and Gender Identity

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“Are you a he/she?” “Umm…a what?” “You know! A he/she? A boy and a girl.” “No. I don’t think so…I just have a deep voice I guess.” “Oh. You look like a he/she.” When I was in elementary school, other children had no idea how to label me. I dressed how they saw boys dress:… Read more »

Supreme Court Victory: Marriage Equality in all States

Today is a historic day! The Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. It is great day for same-sex couples and for the United States to finally recognize that all loving, committed couples have an equal right to marry. Same-sex couples and their families will now have the respect that… Read more »

RFRA Laws Undermine Child Protection, DV and Civil Rights Laws

Indiana RFRA Law Inadequately Revised: You may have heard about the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act (IRFRA), that many believe attempts to weaken progress the country has made towards equality. Disguised as a law to protect the freedom to exercise religion, the LGBTQIA issues with the original IRFRA have shown the country an even larger… Read more »

Alabama’s Battle for Marriage Equality

2015 is already shaking up to be a challenging year for social justice. Since the beginning of January, over 100 anti-abortion bills have been introduced in Congress, at least five trans women of color have been murdered, and Alabama has become the latest battleground for marriage equality. Alabama Supreme Court Justice Glenn Murdock is threatening… Read more »

The U.S. Supreme Court Should Do Its Job and Rule for Marriage Equality

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court (finally) announced that it will hear marriage equality cases from Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky. Unlike four previous successful appeals court decisions, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against marriage equality and in favor of discrimination. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in April and decide… Read more »