For The LGBT Community, A Trump Administration Brings Uneasy Future

After the announcement of Donald Trump as the President-elect, many in the LGBT community worried the effects and impact the future administration would hold. While Trump himself has rarely spoken on the issue of LGBT rights and freedoms, the general rhetoric used by him and his supporters have indicated that his platform and administration could…

Expect 2017 To Be The Year for Transgender Rights‏

The recent events so far this year in terms of the fight for transgender rights are building up to something potentially big in 2017. A culmination of North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2 being contested by the Federal Government, a vacancy waiting to be filled in the Supreme Court, and the prospect of Democrats taking…

Recent Concerns With Bathroom Bills and Sexual Assault

The latest developments regarding numerous “Bathroom Bills” in states like North Carolina and Target’s recent policy change in regards to the transgender community has once again instigated a debate between the freedom and safety of trans individuals and the protection of people from acts of sexual violence. While legislators and conservative organizations have said these…

Divisions Over HRC’s Endorsement of HRC

Bernie Sanders made headlines and found himself under fire for criticizing the LGBT advocacy group Human Rights Campaign as being part of the establishment he is fighting against. This came shortly after the Human Rights Campaign announced their endorsement for Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee for President. The fallout on every side of this issue has been…

The Intersection of Bernie, Black Lives, and Everyone In Between

Senator Bernie Sanders has taken the country by storm with a clear populist message through underestimated grassroots efforts. His speeches across the nation have attracted thousands, with a recent rally in Portland hosting over 28,000 attendees. Yet his campaign has not been completely hassle free. The interruption of Sanders’ Seattle rally by Black Lives Matter…

Fiorina, Cruz, and The Rest of the GOP Do Not Understand the Middle East

Thursday evening brought together an ensemble of candidates in the first major Republican debate, separated into two time slots with the most popular ten featured at the main event. And while majority of the questions focused on immigration (a key 2016 election issue) and jobs, many candidates touched on their foreign policy especially in relation to the…

Caitlyn Jenner’s Journey Should Not Have to be Courageous

Standing on the stage of the ESPY Award ceremony, Caitlyn Jenner delivered a thought-provoking and emotional speech on her journey and that of thousands of other transgender individuals all across the nation. She had known her gender identity from an early age and spent years suppressing it, hiding herself from the world until her most…

TPP and Similar Trade Agreements Will Not Lift Up LGBT Lives

The article from eight US ambassadors on the LGBT community and the Trans Pacific Partnership reiterated the government’s support for human rights, yet raised concerns on it’s optimism of the TPP’s projected outcomes. As a member of the LGBT community, I am keenly interested in the pursuit of rights and protections for this community at…

Now Is Crucial Time For US To Act On LGBT Community in Middle East

The Middle East is facing a number of conflicts across the board, from ISIS springing up in destabilized regions to the Gulf Cooperation Council antipathy of Iran’s regional ambitions. Caught in the crossfire are millions of civilians, exposed to violence at home or fleeing towards refugee camps and safe havens. It’s a disastrous situation for…

Closing ‘Gitmo’ Won’t End Terrorism, But It Will Clean Up Our Image

The Guantanamo Bay prison has been a controversial issue from its inception in 2002, to President Obama’s campaign to close the prison, and to the recent torture reports. It’s been a fight on both sides of the aisle, with a range of arguments being presented on whether or not to close the prison. Recent comments by…

If You Don’t Fit The Mold, Pick A Side

Gender for many exists in the binary format of male and female, masculinity and femininity. There’s an inseparable link between gender and sex built and upheld by our society. But even within this binary there are degrees of gender expression and an almost competition on who is more of their assigned gender. Men need to…