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BY ETAMAZE NKIRI

The failure of the gay liberation movements of the 1960’s and 1970’s to pay attention to its gender non-conforming members isn’t just a representation of the transphobia that existed openly at the time. Perhaps most profoundly was its failure in representing the loudest and most outspoken members of the community.

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It was major news in the cultural Cybersphere when the star of this season’s reality show The Bachelor (ABC) came out as gay. And while Colton Underwood waited until…More

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Lil Nas X, the 22-year-old gay rapper and songwriter is suddenly ubiquitous. He has a new song out called “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” a gay cri de…More

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By Joanna Lohman
Considering the statistics in America still paint a grim picture with more than 70% of LGBTQ+ youth feeling sports are not welcoming of their differences, the U.S. Women’s National Team has set out to be an affirmative agent for change.

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By Liza Neal
Violence against transgender people has risen across the globe. According to the ACLU, one in four transgender people has experienced assault, and the majority of deadly attacks are against trans women of color. According to the Trans Murder Monitoring Project, the top three countries for rates of murder are Brazil, Mexico, and the U.S. Still, record numbers of trans people are fleeing to the U.S., especially from Central and South America.

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by Monika Estrella Negra
Portrait of a Lady on Fire explores an unexpected and forbidden romance between two women in the late 18th century. Set on the lush and grainy beaches of an island in France, this heartbreaking love story reveals the thousands of tiny deaths queer women have endured for sake of patriarchal tradition…

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by Sara Century
The World To Come (2021) takes a contemplative look at a love affair between two women living in relative isolation in the mid-1800s. Directed by Mona Fastvold and adapted for the screen by Ron Hansen and Jim Shepard from a short story by Shepard, the film explores longing and power through a forbidden romance…

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by Chloe O. Davis
Ballroom vernacular has indelibly impacted the larger LGBT community. The ability to modify and explore the dynamics of language to enhance an inclusive culture—one that allows freedom of gender and sexual expression—pierces through the heights of creativeness.

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by Alia Boyd
Since forming, the Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project has launched a regional archive of LGBT historical materials. The most recent digital exhibit, BLT: Bisexual, Lesbian, and Transgender Inclusion and Exclusion in Southwest Virginia, 1990-1995, debuted at the end of 2020.

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